Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 561,000
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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1871 5C MS obverse 1871 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of all minor coins plunged in 1871, as a new law was passed that permitted the Treasury to reissue minor coins that came in for redemption. Previously, such coins were not easily redeemed, and those so received by the Treasury had been destroyed, a remarkably wasteful system indeed. The half million nickels struck during 1871 thus represent merely the number needed to replace those lost as the result of normal attrition through fires and other causes.

This date is moderately scarce in all grades. Mint State pieces are very scarce, with gems being true rarities. As a general rule, however, this date was more carefully made than in earlier years.

A low mintage resulted in only a few varieties, as far fewer dies were needed for such a limited production.

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Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1871 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 105 150 210 330 415 445 475 560 610 625 675 830 1275 2150 3650 - - - -
$ - - 450 - - - 630 715 900 1400 2500 6250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 134
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/3/2021 1871 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base23521448416101371724175----133
-----------------1----1
----------------1-----1
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Total23521448416101371724186----135
 1%2%4%1%10%3%6%3%1%4%7%1%2%5%13%18%13%4%---- 
1871 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
----------------1-----1
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Total-------------1--1-----2
 -------------50%--50%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8111114319024839544248953756861364270586510511206175322683984103361758719855
9112115820929741045750554758362266375892711021388192428406101127531834320848
000000457505547583622663758927110213881924284061011275300
000000473521557598632684811989115415702096341282181517000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1051
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 865
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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