Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,538,000
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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1874 5C MS obverse 1874 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of nickels fell by about a million pieces from 1873 to 1874, and this date is slightly scarcer in overall numbers. Mint State survivors are elusive, with gems being quite scarce. The quality of these pieces is highly variable, with most falling short of fully struck.

As is the case with most Shield Nickels, doubled-die obverse varieties are numerous, with a smattering of repunched dates, as well.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1874 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 33.00 47.50 72.50 97.50 110 120 145 175 195 210 250 340 515 1675 4550 - - - -
$ 105 - 130 160 185 - - 280 375 650 2300 9750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 176
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 467 $357.00
3/19/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 131, 136/Lot# 3138 $414.00
11/13/2011 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3171, 3171/Lot# 1351 $170.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1813 $1,035.00
11/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7789 $188.00
5/19/2013 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131322/Lot# 26545 $68.00
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 117286 $172.70
11/15/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34047 $170.38
3/3/2016 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1233/Lot# 3624 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2841547610219021223728832036639545056368490014721969388589981562417705
32456184131197220254298335375413487603756109016372607558911206163170
00000022025429833537541348760375610901637260755891120600
00000022827130935038543152564382812811803324672931341500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1472
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 900
Owner: S & RB
 
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