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: 11/12/2019

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1872 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 60.00 75.00 90.00 125 175 185 200 210 220 230 260 315 535 1530 2625 19000 - - -
$ 135 - 190 205 - - 235 270 340 650 1950 3900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 327
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 12/10/2019 1872 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base31-22011118111723-2140426637122---327
-------------1--------1
---------------1------1
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Total31-22011118111723-2141426737122---329
 1 %0 %-1 %6 %3 %3 %2 %3 %5 %7 %-6 %12 %13 %20 %11 %4 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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10/19/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1097, 1097/Lot# 1201 $370.60
2/2/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168331 $83.26
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3650 $14.10
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
11/5/2017 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131746/Lot# 23070 $192.00
1/23/2019 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131905/Lot# 29122 $156.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162437506712717121225127531133638150264285614771969388589651569617784
1828415587141184225259287319351421548713106316412607557811208163920
00000018422525928731935142154871310631641260755781120800
00000019823826729932736646159578412701805324672711345200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 642
Owner: Jeff Shields
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 127
Owner: granbecoin
 
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