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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1874 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 230 265 290 360 500 650 1000 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 325 385 550 800 1500 - -
1874 5C PF CA
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1874 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3000 - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 295
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1874 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------10369185425---269
---------------111----3
---------------114----6
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Total-------------10369387475---278
 -------------4%13%33%31%17%2%--- 
1874 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------131074---25
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-----------------11---2
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Total--------------131085---27
 --------------4%11%37%30%19%--- 
1874 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874113116152017319452011560028215
118157205266339411460503535562593625689792959129217492409386386671980529626
0000004605035355625936256897929591292174924093863866700
000000476515543574601642720833104514531883280145321213300
1874 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206153119442403373359701877133826
193251321406506603669728770805845886969110013141668209728464478102372378935517
0000006697287708058458869691100131416682097284644781023700
00000069174478082085590810081153142218062250328952241450400
1874 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366387414211788287047341362224727
76105140184240294333368392414437463513596733105615432148349176961732325963
0000003333683924144374635135967331056154321483491769600
00000034637739942244347653862980312381665250941121065900
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 3863
Owner: Raven Frost Incorporated
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1788
Owner: Marks 5 & 10
 
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