Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,395,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1869 5C MS obverse 1869 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of nickels fell in 1869 from the previous two years, but it was still fairly generous within the series as a whole. Circulated pieces are common, while Mint State coins are noticeably scarcer than for previous dates. Gems are elusive.

Two reverse hub styles were employed for this year's production, though there doesn't seem to be much difference in rarity. The Reverse of 67 is recognizable by a star pointing between lettersAM of AMERICA, while the Reverse of 69 has this star pointing to the M alone. These various changes seem to have resulted from the Mint's efforts to make the reverse of this coin type strike up more fully. The obverse was modified slightly during 1869, as well, but the distinctions are too slight to attract attention from anyone but hardcore specialists. The new hub did, however, include the "Missing Leaf" of earlier issues.

Once again, a large mintage resulted in a proliferation of die-punching varieties, these distributed over both reverse styles. The most obvious variety is an anomalous date punch known variously as the Narrow Date, the Normal Date or the Tall Date. This punch was evidently intended for another denomination but used on a nickel obverse by mistake.

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Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1869 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 27.00 35.00 42.00 60.00 90.00 100 105 125 165 175 195 235 375 725 1900 7600 - - -
$ 70.00 - - - - - 185 215 265 425 875 5850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 602
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1869 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3447191412872841127688416294163---602
-----------------11---2
---------------3------3
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Total3447191412872841127688416594174---607
 0%1%1%1%3%2%2%1%1%5%7%0%4%11%14%27%15%3%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162432456311915920122724827229233040948966312331707371277661360415485
182636518113217320923425627830435643554785313912375506397121423116259
000000173209234256278304356435547853139123755063971200
00000018721824126428531738246260510431549304364141165800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3712
Owner: Jeff Shields
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1233
Owner: Amazon
 
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