Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 68,800
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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1881 5C MS obverse 1881 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of five-cent pieces was delayed until November, as there existed no additional demand for the denomination for most of 1881. This year's coinages amounted to slightly over four times that of 1880, yet it was still a rather modest figure. 1881 nickels are quite scarce across all grades, though the Mint State pieces certified are of slightly higher average quality than is typical for the series as a whole. Distinguishing between MS and PF coins is a bit of a challenge, though not to the degree found with 1879-80 nickels. The 1881 dies were used long enough to develop some frosty texture, as seen in the example illustrated.

A nice repunched date variety is known for this date, along with a very minor doubled-die obverse.

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Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1881 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 305 390 465 560 675 800 850 950 1075 1250 1275 1325 1375 2000 2950 3400 7500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 185
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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: 6/8/2021 1881 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base71291220294381518961528116---185
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Total71291220294381518961528116---185
 4%6%5%6%11%1%5%2%2%4%8%1%4%5%3%8%15%6%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30438648459766391696910211079111711711206123312781333158317762268398491001438116340
331418521619747933986104010911135118212151248129614161647194028405689108601503417157
0000009861040109111351182121512481296141616471940284056891086000
00000010031059110411531194122412631314149917112104341273941262000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3984
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1278
Owner: Amazon
 
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