Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
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 PF obverse 1879 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proofs of this date had a mintage and remain plentiful today, far more so than the rare currency pieces. Gems are not rare, but those showing cameo contrast on both sides are.

There are two repunched date varieties for this issue, one of which has been touted as an overdate for years. NGC does not agree with this assessment and no longer recognizes it as such.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1879 5C PF
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1879 5C PF CA
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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: 584
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 5/4/2021 1879 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-51835166172124131--535
----------------312---6
-------------1---15---7
------------------1---1
Total----------1-51935166175126211--549
 ----------0%-1%3%6%30%32%23%4%0%-- 
1879 5C PF CA
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Base--------------2419149---48
----------------11----2
---------------13-1---5
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Total--------------25231510---55
 --------------4%9%42%27%18%--- 
1879 5C PF UC
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Base------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59762063166367469574582086590094197499710331219132715051854296348691514327160
605624642667681712770835877914952982100910951255138616212224359882941914928518
0000007708358779149529821009109512551386162122243598829400
00000079585088892796398910211157129114461738259342341171800
1879 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366412512633772935103111211187123112931333136314081450165817852217347456021824832618
381445552679826967106111431202125213061343137814221519170019292636418398172303834249
0000001061114312021252130613431378142215191700192926364183981700
00000010911165121612721320135313931436158917432073305548931403300
1879 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5685916136356596827077337607878138479089661159127115051886288554661321023770
57659862064366769071674276979682486792710301196134916322219374580471673024959
000000716742769796824867927103011961349163222193745804700
0000007247517788048368889471095123414271759255246061062900
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1886
Owner: aj5831
 
Grade: PF 63
Points: 1159
Owner: ddr70
 
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