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: 10/31/2018

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1871 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 105 145 200 320 385 415 460 560 585 600 675 825 1275 2400 4700 - - - -
$ - - 425 - - - 635 700 900 1400 3250 7350 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 11/12/2018 1871 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base215212474-5101281424175----123
-----------------1----1
---------------1------1
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Total215212474-5101281425176----125
 2 %1 %4 %2 %10 %3 %6 %3 %-4 %8 %1 %2 %6 %11 %20 %14 %5 %---- 
1871 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
----------------1-----1
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Total-------------1--1-----2
 -------------50 %--50 %----- 

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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 464 $891.00
6/15/2008 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2543, 2543/Lot# 1212 $616.00
7/27/2009 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 396, 402/Lot# 170 $517.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10396 $243.80
12/8/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7567 $977.50
1/3/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 9974 $276.00
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7795 $84.00
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 196996 $1,822.70
6/8/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1256/Lot# 3241 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8111114319024839544248953756861364270586510511206175322683984103361758719855
911211582092974104575055475836226637589271102138819242840610112753183430
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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