Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,036,000
Catalog: KM-97
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5g
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1872 5C MS obverse 1872 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

After the low mintage of 1871, this year's figure rebounded somewhat. 1872 nickels are only slightly scarce in circulated grades, while Mint State examples are in short supply. Most of these, however, are well struck.

There were two different obverse hubs used for the dies dated 1872, but there seems to be little interest in these varieties. Far more popular are the many doubled-die obverse varieties. 1872 is one of the richest dates for DDO coins. Also notable are several repunched date varieties, the most interesting of these having the large date punch for a Seated Liberty Dime partially effaced and then repunched with a normal date punch for this denomination.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1872 5C MS
Base $ 21.00 30.00 45.00 60.00 87.50 105 110 135 160 175 185 245 315 475 1800 3100 22500 - - -
$ 100.00 - 125 150 - - 210 270 340 600 2200 5250 - -

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Total Graded: 298
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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7/17/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July West Palm Beach, FL) Final Session #443, 443/Lot# 7306 $230.00
2/4/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 451, 457/Lot# 9189 $1,955.00
4/14/2010 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2838, 2838/Lot# 1300 $253.00
5/6/2012 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 49767 $23.75
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1231 $3,407.50
10/31/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3506, 6060/Lot# 22048 $99.88
1/11/2015 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 838, 847/Lot# 265 $100.00
6/26/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131627/Lot# 21087 $235.00

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