Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
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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1870 5C PF obverse 1870 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1,000 figure represents the number of silver proof sets coined, though it's difficult to believe that so many complete sets were sold. It's likely that some of the silver coins were melted as unsold, while the nickel and other minor coins sold out and were actually supplemented with some additional pieces made later in the year. The actual total will likely never be known.

Proofs of this date are not rare, but their quality is generally a bit lower than in earlier years. The Philadelphia Mint' proofs of the early 1870s are typified by crude, abrasive polishing of the dies that partially effaced some of the shallower design elements. In his Guide Book, Q. David Bowers observed that "flaky or imperfect planchets" are sometimes seen for this date.

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Last Updated: 3/12/2020

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1870 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 230 265 290 370 510 700 1450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 325 425 585 1000 2000 - -
1870 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 475 550 1000 1550 5250 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 325
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/8/2021 1870 5C PF
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Base------------311451197118----267
----------------1-----1
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Total------------311461197218----269
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1870 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------31321174---58
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---------------111----3
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Total--------------31422184---61
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 5C PF CA
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Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874117318212259353356851702130838
118157205266339411460503535562593625689792973138919672683425094632162632380
0000004605035355625936256897929731389196726834250946300
000000476515543574601642720833107316052113310849671324200
1870 5C PF UC
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Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206158321792678411365052039836821
193251321406506603669728770805845886969110013311781234531564910111362587238662
0000006697287708058458869691100133117812345315649101113600
00000069174478082085590810081153145719802511363457071576700
1870 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366390816092009318351851490827108
76105140184240294333368392414437463513596744114117422400385084261897428463
0000003333683924144374635135967441141174224003850842600
00000034637739942244347653862982613751875279145171166700
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 3533
Owner: Raven Frost Incorporated
 
Grade: PF 64 CAMEO
Points: 1173
Owner: Mr. Brightside
 
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