Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 900
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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1877 5C PF obverse 1877 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Some 510 1877 nickels were included in the silver proof sets of that year, but the number of additional pieces sold in minor sets was only partially recorded. One report indicates that a total of 900 were produced, but this coin's status as a proof-only date almost guaranteed that an unknown number of restrikes were likely made at some point. The fact that two obverse dies are known for 1877 nickels reinforces this notion, though it's not absolute proof. Since more than two thousand were coined the following year, a number approaching that figure is reasonable for 1877.

Like most proofs of this era, these coins are usually not up to the standards one expects for a proof. While the fields may be either reflective or partially satiny in texture, the planchets were not always properly prepared, leaving a grainy texture in places.

Gems are not rare, at least as indicated by the certified population, but then this date's proof-only status may have prompted a greater number of submissions. Cameo pieces are likewise available to the advanced collector, but Ultra Cameo examples are quite rare.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1877 5C PF
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Base $ 2000 2050 2100 2200 2300 2375 2400 2450 2550 2650 2700 2750 3000 3500 4000 5000 7250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3150 3700 4500 6500 - -
1877 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2900 3500 3750 4250 5250 10000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3900 - 8200 - -
1877 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4650 7750 14000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 412
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1877 5C PF
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Base--11--1---118103789104315---289
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Total--11--1---118103789104365---294
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1877 5C PF CA
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Base------------1261337565---120
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Total------------1261439637---132
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1877 5C PF UC
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Base----------------2-1---3
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Total----------------2-1---3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 5C PF CA
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Base568697846101912181444157717011792185119351989200920442078226826853265446565182409342923
6117479041085129314881618173118121879195319962021205521412407287836655149123763037045069
00000016181731181218791953199620212055214124072878366551491237600
00000016601762183119071971200220322067220525463072406558341823500
1877 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7218741051125514861747190020412147221423102372239424332472268831603813515374242796849788
77293311191332157317981947207621692246233123792407244625442845337842605910142723524152277
00000019472076216922462331237924072446254428453378426059101427200
00000019942112219222782351238724202459261630033595470666672112000
1877 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base47959572988210621266138714991582163617131762178118121843201724012936404859652175238773
518640780942113013061424152716001662172917681791182219012145257933074687112272742640712
00000014241527160016621729176817911822190121452579330746871122700
00000014621554161816871746177518021833195922732758367753261649000
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 2936
Owner: Marks 5 & 10
 
Grade: PF 63 CAMEO
Points: 2078
Owner: Black Hawk Collection
 
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