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: 6/30/2015

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1880 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1550 1850 2350 3500 6500 7250 7900 9200 10500 11750 12250 13500 27500 39000 90000 140000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 55000 - - - -

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Census

 
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: 10/15/2018 1880 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11217442334--1324-----42
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Total11217442334--1324-----42
 2 %2 %5 %2 %17 %10 %10 %5 %7 %7 %10 %--2 %7 %5 %10 %----- 

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6/5/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0847, 847/Lot# 1162 $490.50
5/30/2010 PCGS G 6   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1239 $994.00
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3259 $54,625.00
7/11/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7426 $940.00
7/27/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1643 $7,343.75
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98138 $35,250.00
2/16/2017 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1252/Lot# 3228 $1,880.00
4/26/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1254/Lot# 3674 $9,987.50


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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