Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,575
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 PF obverse 1881 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The large number of proofs coined this year was due in part to the scarcity of currency pieces, and the premium charged for minor proofs was so low. There was also speculative interest in the proof-only trade dollars of this and surrounding years, so that added to the sales of silver proof sets which included the minor coins, as well.

Though not always fully struck at their centers, most 1881 proof nickels were quite well made by the standards of the time. They certainly were an improvement over those of the 1870s. Gems are fairly plentiful, and enough Cameo proofs are known to make these collectable for the advanced specialist.

It appears that all proofs were coined with an obverse die that displays slight repunching on the second 8.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2015

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1881 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 210 230 255 285 325 380 525 650 900 1700 9500 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 814
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 55 series, 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: 7/16/2018 1881 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------43171555180228172211--687
-----------------21---3
---------------222----6
------------------1---1
Total---------43171555182230176231--697
 ---------1 %0 %0 %1 %2 %8 %26 %33 %25 %3 %0 %-- 
1881 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------12122660241--126
------------------1---1
---------------112----4
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Total-------------12132762251--131
 -------------1 %2 %10 %21 %47 %19 %1 %-- 
1881 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100 %---- 

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7/15/2018 PF 67  Cameo Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1277/Lot# 3451


Auction Prices Realized

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7/29/1996 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0862, 862/Lot# 1138 $681.25
9/2/2012 NGC PF 64   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1289 $368.00
3/21/2013 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3186 $1,116.25
3/2/2014 PCGS PF 66   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 144790 $992.20
3/2/2014 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1337 $754.00
10/8/2014 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7406 $411.25
7/17/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5079 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163212275351442549613674719749793820847925962102112711609261443611329523859
17923330038147757063368972976380282987393798111041383194431967339168160
0000006336897297638028298739379811104138319443196733900
000000653704739778811838899949100111871496227937781031700
1881 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623334205226447858709491008104711031138117312711319139315471936308050371612128830
285362454562691813896968102110651114114912051287134314441676231737328731203570
00000089696810211065111411491205128713431444167623173732873100
000000922988103410841126116112381303136814951806269843841242600
1881 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11114719024831740445350253956359762064270573578311101416233539521154220784
1231612092713464204695145475746046276637157518921212172228746482146220
000000469514547574604627663715751892121217222874648200
0000004855265555856126346847257671001131420283413901200
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 1609
Owner: sweeper_dean
 
Grade: PF 65 CAMEO
Points: 1271
Owner: Kevin McIntyre
 
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