Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 25,900
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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1879 5C MS obverse 1879 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After a two-year suspension of five-cent coinage for circulation the demand had still not built up much by 1879. A mere 25,900 pieces were produced that year, and this date is quite scarce across all grades. Those coins which have survived in Mint State seem to be in higher grades than the usual spread for common dates, but gems are still vastly outnumbered by proofs of similar grade.

The dies were used only briefly and thus lost little of their initial polish, and most Mint State coins are prooflike to some degree. Since the Mint's proofs of this period were made carelessly, there is often quite little visual distinction between the two issues. This problem is further compounded by the fact that at least one obverse die was used for both editions, and this die is distinguished by a repunched date. Authentication is thus mandatory for any 1879 nickel offered as MS versus PF.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/31/2018

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1879 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 425 600 715 775 975 1200 1260 1425 1900 2000 2050 2300 2450 3400 3850 5700 13500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2500 3500 4650 7750 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 88
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2018 1879 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12254122-46-3431120144---88
-----------------3----3
-------------1--------1
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Total12254122-46-3531120174---92
 1 %2 %2 %5 %4 %1 %2 %2 %-4 %7 %-3 %5 %3 %12 %22 %18 %4 %--- 

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6/24/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0852, 852/Lot# 1153 $972.00
1/3/2006 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1256 $4,887.50
2/14/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 222, 228/Lot# 5077 $2,542.65
5/30/2010 PCGS VG 10   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1238 $585.00
2/2/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3248 $1,610.00
11/29/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3316 $3,290.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1267 $12,925.00
7/9/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1222/Lot# 3040 $10,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base463575705856908990100110131073111311701206122612581303158320092643411194531487416881
500618755873935993100510331086113211821212123612731396172522203132589111260155430
00000010051033108611321182121212361273139617252220313258911126000
00000010091053109911511194121912471288148918672431362176721306700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2009
Owner: Amazon
 
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