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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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

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/15/2018 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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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
3/28/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Bullet Sale #369, 369/Lot# 181 $184.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 516 $1,610.00
12/5/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2972, 2972/Lot# 1406 $80.50
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9776 $546.25
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
3/6/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 79 $2,232.50


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