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: 5/25/2020

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1879 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 475 600 725 815 950 1175 1325 1500 1900 2150 2200 2250 2350 3350 3800 5200 13500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2450 3500 4150 7000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 98
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 6/15/2021 1879 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13359223-56-3441120143---98
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Total13359223-56-3541120173---102
 1%3%3%5%9%2%2%3%-5%6%-3%5%4%11%20%17%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base463575705856908990100110131073111311701206122612581303158320092643411194531487416881
5006187558739359931005103310861132118212121236127313961725222031325891112601554317725
00000010051033108611321182121212361273139617252220313258911126000
00000010091053109911511194121912471288148918672431362176721306700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2009
Owner: Amazon
 
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