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: 11/30/2018

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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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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: 5/14/2019 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
10/21/1998 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1098, 1098/Lot# 1248 $763.00
11/21/2002 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 5719 $1,495.00
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
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 223 $1,725.00
5/13/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/13/2012, 22/Lot# 49783 $29.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 550 $240.00
6/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20055 $352.50
8/16/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131534/Lot# 27040 $881.25


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