Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 700
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 PF obverse 1874 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The U. S. Mint did not record sales of minor proofs outside of those included in the silver proof sets, since it did not need to account for any precious metals. This policy did not change until 1878, and for earlier issues numismatists can only estimate the total coinage. It's likely that nearly twice the number of 1874 proof nickels shown in the figure here were actually distributed, though their attrition has been higher than one would expect of proof coins.

This issue is usually found well made, with one exception---as in the example illustrated, the star adjacent to letter CA of AMERICA is typically flattened by grease or debris in the die.

One proof die shows slight repunching of numeral 4, but such varieties in proof coins do not attract much interest.

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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1874 5C PF
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$ - - - - - - - 325 385 550 800 1500 - -
1874 5C PF CA
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1874 5C PF UC
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 291
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/24/2020 1874 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------10359084434---266
---------------112----4
---------------113----5
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Total-------------10359286484---275
 -------------4%13%33%31%17%1%--- 
1874 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------131073---24
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Total--------------131073---24
 --------------4%13%42%29%13%--- 
1874 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874113116152017319452011560028215
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979295912921749240938638667198050
0000004605035355625936256897929591292174924093863866700
000000476515543574601642720833104514531883280145321213300
1874 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206153119442403373359701877133826
19325132140650660366972877080584588696911001314166820972846447810237237890
0000006697287708058458869691100131416682097284644781023700
00000069174478082085590810081153142218062250328952241450400
1874 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366387414211788287047341362224727
7610514018424029433336839241443746351359673310561543214834917696173230
0000003333683924144374635135967331056154321483491769600
00000034637739942244347653862980312381665250941121065900
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1788
Owner: Marks 5 & 10
 
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