Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950
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 PF obverse 1872 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only 950 silver proof sets were coined for 1872, but the minor coins were also available for purchase as a short-set of their own, and these were very popular. Several hundred proof 1872 nickels were likely sold in addition to the number provided here.

The majority of proofs are from a doubled obverse die that was used for currency strikes as well. An extremely rare error for this date is seen on a few proofs that have the dies in medal alignment, that is, the opposite of what is normal for USA coins.

The quality issues which affect so many proofs of the early 1870s are present in this date. Crude or incomplete polishing may be seen, and some pieces were not struck fully enough to eradicate the tiny marks and voids present on planchets prior to coining. This is not uncommon on currency pieces, but it is unexcusable for proofs.

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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1872 5C PF
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$ - - - - - - - 330 410 565 750 1300 - -
1872 5C PF CA
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1872 5C PF UC
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$ - - - - - - - - - - - 11250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 363
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1872 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------126241051104710---305
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Total-----------126241051104910---307
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1872 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1729135---55
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----------------111---3
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Total--------------1730166---60
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1872 5C PF UC
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Base-----------------21---3
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Total-----------------21---3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874107814501821291748021440826019
118157205266339411460503535562593625689792942120215732186354580041827827320
0000004605035355625936256897929421202157321863545800400
000000476515543574601642720833101013261697255141731120600
1872 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206146417532179342255271740231310
19325132140650660366972877080584588696911001292156018952593412394852203832876
000000669728770805845886969110012921560189525934123948500
00000069174478082085590810081153137816562037300748251344300
1872 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366382912711609261443611254422735
7610514018424029433336839241443746351359671897613831944319670881594123872
000000333368392414437463513596718976138319443196708800
0000003463773994224434765386297731123149622793778981600
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 2614
Owner: sweeper_dean
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 2186
Owner: TAC Enterprises
 
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