Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,097,000
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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1875 5C MS obverse 1875 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of the nickel five-cent piece continued its slide during 1875, as the huge numbers minted in previous years were being reissued whenever fit to do so. Thus, coinage was limited to the number needed to replace those lost through normal attrition.

1875 nickels vary in strike and luster, but most are reasonably well made. The supply of Mint State examples is barely sufficient to meet the needs of advanced collectors.

Despite its relatively low mintage, this date still racked up a number of DDO varieties, as well as a smaller roster of RPDs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1875 5C MS
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Base $ 27.00 37.50 68.00 90.00 115 185 200 220 240 260 280 325 425 700 1650 5000 - - - -
$ 125 - 210 230 250 - 300 360 470 775 1900 7350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 178
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 469 $357.00
10/15/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 186, 192/Lot# 152 $310.50
3/11/2012 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3239, 3239/Lot# 1307 $603.75
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7585 $218.50
7/11/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1187/Lot# 3912 $1,175.00
3/2/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29096 $88.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20097 $3,172.50
9/7/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1259/Lot# 3162 $1,680.00


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