Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,350
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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1878 5C PF obverse 1878 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

1878 is the first year for which total mintage figures combining both the silver and minor proof sets were kept for the minor coins. Thus, we may be reasonably certain that there were 2,350 proof 1878 nickels made.

As may be seen from the photos, this issue looks more like a premium currency strike than a true proof. This date typically is found quite well struck, but with satiny fields in place of truely reflective ones. Combined with edges that are slightly beveled rather than sharply squared, such coins could be mistaken for MS were it not for the fact that the Mint struck only proofs this year. Gems are fairly common, cameo examples also existing in sufficient numbers to be collectable.

The second 8 is repunched east of the first impression, leading to false reports of an overdate. The underlying figure faded a bit with repeated use of the die and, most likely, subsequent repolishing.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2020

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1878 5C PF
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Base $ 925 960 960 985 1010 1035 1055 1080 1105 1130 1155 1200 1250 1300 1350 1400 2150 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 1600 - -
1878 5C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 1450 1550 1750 2350 - - -
1878 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5850 11200 30000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 619
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1878 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-3-22-1---3-2132616220015019---583
-----------------2----2
---------------3141---9
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Total-3-22-1---3-2132616520115620---594
 -1%-0%0%-0%---1%-0%2%4%28%34%26%3%--- 
1878 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------78146---35
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----------------2-----2
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Total---------------710146---37
 ---------------19%27%38%16%--- 
1878 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1-1--2
 -----------------50%-50%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2783544455516788269139961057109711531190119312001345136314501821291748021538027470
3033844805937278559401016107011151165119111951248135113921573218635458328194100
000000940101610701115116511911195124813511392157321863545832800
0000009681036108311341177119211971296135714211697255141731185400
1878 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4095106297689301115122513271403145215231568157215801589160917532179342255271817632394
442549675822991115112591352141914751538156915741583159516571895259341239743229150
0000001259135214191475153815691574158315951657189525934123974300
00000012931377143514991553157015771586160217052037300748251395900
1878 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22729537246657770978786191695110021036103910451051106612711609261443611349824137
2493204035036217358118799279681013103710411047105611341383194431967406170440
000000811879927968101310371041104710561134138319443196740600
0000008368979399851024103810431049106112021496227937781045200
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 2614
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 1821
Owner: Colt45
 
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