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: 10/31/2018

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1875 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 55.00 90.00 120 205 230 240 275 295 315 325 340 425 700 1650 4400 - - - -
$ 210 - 245 280 300 - 330 360 470 775 2175 6250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2018 1875 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base123310-325614-5142055278----178
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Total123310-325614-5142055278----178
 1 %1 %2 %2 %6 %-2 %1 %3 %3 %8 %-3 %8 %11 %31 %15 %4 %---- 

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/9/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #280, 280/Lot# 5778 $1,408.75
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 469 $357.00
8/25/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2913, 2913/Lot# 1158 $184.00
6/27/2011 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 596, 603/Lot# 1089 $1,265.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 9976 $230.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1259 $3,172.50
5/10/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131520/Lot# 25114 $229.13
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30732 $223.25


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