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: 10/31/2018

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1872 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 70.00 85.00 95.00 125 175 185 200 210 220 230 260 315 535 1800 3100 22500 - - -
$ 135 - 190 205 - - 235 270 340 650 2200 4600 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 317
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: 11/12/2018 1872 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21-21911118111521-2037426538122---317
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Total21-21911118111521-2038426538122---318
 1 %0 %-1 %6 %3 %3 %3 %3 %5 %7 %-6 %12 %13 %20 %12 %4 %1 %--- 

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8/11/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 273, 279/Lot# 282 $977.50
4/23/2012 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 3264, 3264/Lot# 1133 $18.00
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3/25/2013 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3423, 3423/Lot# 1200 $120.00
11/7/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3507, 6061/Lot# 23119 $99.88
4/4/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1253/Lot# 15189 $1,527.50
6/11/2017 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131725/Lot# 25354 $188.00


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