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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3/24/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0930, 930/Lot# 1080 $1,566.00
6/6/2001 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1445, 1445/Lot# 1108 $327.00
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
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1187/Lot# 8544 $705.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30732 $223.25
4/17/2016 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131617/Lot# 27064 $84.00


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