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: 11/30/2018

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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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Census

 
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: 2/18/2019 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 %---- 

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# 469 $357.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 2057 $4,600.00
3/28/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 517 $1,092.50
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
4/24/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7525 $282.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20097 $3,172.50
4/17/2016 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131617/Lot# 27064 $84.00


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