Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,550,000
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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1873 5C MS obverse 1873 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

NGC formerly did not distinguish between the Closed 3 and Open 3 varieties, and specific information about these coins will be found within those separate entries.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/1/2015

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1873 5C MS
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Base $ 21.00 30.00 40.00 52.50 75.00 105 110 115 145 165 180 250 340 625 2200 5400 - - - -
$ 85.00 - - 130 155 - 200 280 375 750 3050 10575 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/18/2018 1873 5C MS
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Base------1-----361930163----78
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Total------1-----361930163----78
 ------1 %-----4 %8 %24 %38 %21 %4 %---- 

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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
12/30/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0906, 906/Lot# 1115 $414.20
9/29/2002 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #301, 301/Lot# 472 $241.50
5/31/2004 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 466 $1,495.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 550 $240.00
7/13/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 206095 $81.40
9/4/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3800 $1,292.50
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30729 $129.25
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 197 $5,581.25
11/9/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24789 $381.88
8/13/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131734/Lot# 27051 $204.00


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