Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
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 PF obverse 1869 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The total sales of proof nickels in 1869 comprised the 600 included in silver proof sets plus an unknown number sold as part of the minor sets. Bowers provided an estimate of 850-1,100, which seems reasonable. All feature the so-called "wide date," which is the correct size for Shield Nickels, and this obverse is paired with a Reverse of 67 die.

Proofs of average quality are fairly common, with this date becoming scarce only at the PF 65 level and higher. Cameo pieces are very rare, though perhaps not as much as for earlier dates. Most proofs are quite sharply struck, though a few, such as the example illustrated, may have been incomplete in the stars.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/12/2020

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1869 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 230 265 290 375 425 850 1200 4400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 325 400 500 975 1525 11750 -
1869 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 575 1050 2725 11000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 349
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/8/2021 1869 5C PF
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Base------------2926117114347---309
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Total------------2926117118417---320
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1869 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------3817102---40
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----------------11----2
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Total--------------3818112---42
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 5C PF CA
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Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874119316152017319452011566628332
118157205266339411460503535562593625689792980133317492409386386891988829749
0000004605035355625936256897929801333174924093863868900
000000476515543574601642720833108614741883280145321217700
1869 5C PF UC
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Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206160919442403373359701884733960
193251321406506603669728770805845886969110013401720209728464478102622388435658
0000006697287708058458869691100134017202097284644781026200
00000069174478082085590810081153147418322250328952241455400
1869 5C PF
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Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366392514211788287047341368224833
76105140184240294333368392414437463513596750109015432148349177161739926075
0000003333683924144374635135967501090154321483491771600
00000034637739942244347653862983712551665250941121069900
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1788
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 925
Owner: Anthony Klick
 
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