Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,150
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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1876 5C PF obverse 1876 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1,150 sales figure for silver proof sets reflects the significance of this centennial year, as many Americans sought keepsakes of the nation's birthday. Philadelphia's hosting of the Centennial Exposition prompted many tourists to take side trips to the mint in that city, where a tour and the purchase of souvenir proof coins were almost guaranteed. The total sales of proof 1876 nickels likely reached 2000 or so.

Variable quality is the rule for this year, as for most 1870s issues. Finding an example that has deeply reflective fields on both sides will be challenging. Even so, the higher mintage for this date has led to a greater than usual population of gems and cameo pieces.

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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1876 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 220 255 300 350 475 700 900 2450 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 330 385 500 800 1250 - -
1876 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 450 500 715 1150 3000 8000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 475 575 785 1300 3500 -
1876 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1350 2300 4000 7000 12000 - -

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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.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 392
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1876 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------16153310481284---272
---------------1--1---2
--------------11111---5
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Total-----------16153410682296---279
 -----------0%2%5%12%38%29%10%2%--- 
1876 5C PF CA
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Base-------------2335303471--112
-----------------3----3
---------------1-41---6
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Total-------------2336304181--121
 -------------2%2%30%25%34%7%1%-- 
1876 5C PF UC
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Base----------------16-1--8
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----------------11----2
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Total----------------27-1--10
 ----------------20%70%-10%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 5C PF CA
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Base106143186244311395445492527551586609659751874108815051886300949351479726737
11815720526633941146050353556259362568979294512271632226036518222187770
0000004605035355625936256897929451227163222603651822200
000000476515543574601642720833101613661759263442931150900
1876 5C PF UC
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Base17523029537546958164871376079183586593010481206147718172254352556751785032133
1932513214065066036697287708058458869691100129615901962267742419733226110
000000669728770805845886969110012961590196226774241973300
00000069174478082085590810081153138617032108310149581379100
1876 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base679412716722028232036038640643145048956366383813211668269944851289723387
761051401842402943333683924144374635135967219991436201132947289163930
000000333368392414437463513596721999143620113294728900
00000034637739942244347653862977911601552235538891009300
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Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 5675
Owner: Mile High Collection
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 2699
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
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