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: 10/31/2018

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1873 5C MS
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Base $ 32.00 45.00 55.00 65.00 90.00 140 155 165 180 200 210 270 400 730 2200 5400 - - - -
$ 105 - - 170 185 - 215 280 415 750 3050 8000 - -

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Census

 
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: 1/14/2019 1873 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------1-----361930163----78
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Total------1-----361930163----78
 ------1 %-----4 %8 %24 %38 %21 %4 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/1996 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0812, 812/Lot# 260 $305.20
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
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 359 $196.65
10/9/2007 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27103, 27103/Lot# 13078 $203.55
4/8/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 36362 $45.00
5/13/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/13/2012, 22/Lot# 49783 $29.00
6/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20055 $352.50
4/26/2015 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131518/Lot# 21373 $152.75
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7173 $763.75
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(3), 1231/Lot# 4739 $2,585.00


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