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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Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1880 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2050 2500 3050 4250 6200 7250 8450 9500 12000 12500 16000 14250 30000 34500 57500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
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: 4/13/2021 1880 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11317432334--1324-----42
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Total11317432334--1324-----42
 2%2%7%2%17%10%7%5%7%7%10%--2%7%5%10%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base49260774390097413031450158316651718179418431949210623353033406448175747168302685729945
530652795924108313521494161016821743181018782001218225673376431551279441201722788631442
00000014941610168217431810187820012182256733764315512794412017200
000000153816371700176818261913205322582800372045665437131352351400
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 492
Owner: Amazon
 
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