Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,036,000
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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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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 311
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/23/2018 1872 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11-2199117111519-1937436538122---311
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Total11-2199117111519-1938436538122---312
 0 %0 %-1 %6 %3 %4 %2 %4 %5 %6 %-6 %12 %14 %21 %12 %4 %1 %--- 

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1/25/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2150, 2150/Lot# 1120 $280.00
8/11/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 273, 279/Lot# 282 $977.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10397 $196.65
9/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7521 $352.50
3/25/2013 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3423, 3423/Lot# 1200 $120.00
2/2/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168331 $83.26
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30725 $587.50
2/19/2017 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131709/Lot# 27045 $141.00


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