Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,000
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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1880 5C MS obverse 1880 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1880 witnessed the lowest mintage of currency strike for the Shield Nickel series. This production may have had nothing to do with actual circulation demand at all, as it was the Mint's policy to produce a few thousand non-proofs each year to supply the needs of collectors who didn't order proofs and to keep the denomination current. Such minimal coinage was commonplace for quarter and half dollars throughout the 1880s.

1880 nickels that are certifiably non-proofs are extremely rare in Mint State grades. In fact, it's likely that some of the worn pieces known today were also proofs that escaped into circulation. As with the 1879 and 1881 issues, the Mint State coins are typically prooflike to some degree, while the actual proofs were made with such indifference to quality that it's very difficult to distinguish between the two emissions. Certification is essential for any 1880 nickel offered as a non-proof.

The same die pair was used for both issues, and the obverse displays a repunched second 8.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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1880 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2050 2450 3025 4375 5950 7500 8750 10600 12100 14500 15700 18200 30000 37500 80000 140000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 55000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/14/2019 1880 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11217432334--1324-----41
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Total11217432334--1324-----41
 2 %2 %5 %2 %17 %10 %7 %5 %7 %7 %10 %--2 %7 %5 %10 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
6/5/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0847, 847/Lot# 1162 $490.50
1/3/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3106 $46,000.00
5/30/2010 PCGS G 6   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1239 $994.00
8/11/2010 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4238 $3,450.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1090 $1,610.00
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3317 $14,100.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3258 $88,125.00
11/6/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3610 $5,581.25
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 3980 $23,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base49260774390097413031450158316651718179418431949210623353033406448175747168302685729945
53065279592410831352149416101682174318101878200121822567337643155127944120172278860
00000014941610168217431810187820012182256733764315512794412017200
000000153816371700176818261913205322582800372045665437131352351400
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 492
Owner: Amazon
 
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