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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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1881 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 255 285 325 340 390 500 670 1200 7150 - -
$ - - - - - - - 330 360 425 575 900 2000 -
1881 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 450 550 750 1500 12000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 485 600 1000 3850 -
1881 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3500 7250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 823
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: 5/11/2021 1881 5C PF
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Base---------44161856182230168221--692
-----------------21---3
---------------2411---8
------------------1---1
Total---------44161856184234171251--704
 ---------1%1%0%1%3%8%26%33%24%4%0%-- 
1881 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------12122964211--130
------------------1---1
---------------1123---7
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Total-------------12133066251--138
 -------------1%1%9%22%48%18%1%-- 
1881 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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------------------1---1
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Total-----------------11---2
 -----------------50%50%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 5C PF CA
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Base163212275351442549613674719749793820847925962102112711609261443611329523859
179233300381477570633689729763802829873937981110413831944319673391681625052
0000006336897297638028298739379811104138319443196733900
000000653704739778811838899949100111871496227937781031700
1881 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623334205226447858709491008104711031138117312711319139315471936308050371612128830
2853624545626918138969681021106511141149120512871343144416762317373287312035730272
00000089696810211065111411491205128713431444167623173732873100
000000922988103410841126116112381303136814951806269843841242600
1881 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11114719024831740445350253956359762064270573578311101416233539521154220784
12316120927134642046951454757460462766371575189212121722287464821462221823
000000469514547574604627663715751892121217222874648200
0000004855265555856126346847257671001131420283413901200
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 1609
Owner: Schwinck
 
Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 1609
Owner: Steve's Excellent Collections
 
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