Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,472,900
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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1882 5C MS obverse 1882 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After a five-year period during which only about 110,000 nickels were coined for circulation, this denomination came back with a vengeance in 1882. Some 11-1/2 million pieces were produced this year.

The 1882 Shield Nickel is readily available across a wide range of grades, and it is seen with both sharp strikes from fresh dies and poor strikes from worn, cracked dies. For many collectors this issue provides the coin for their type sets, but some care in selecting the right example is required.

A large mintage resulted in numerous varieties, mostly repunched dates. The numeral 2 is often found partly or completely filled from chipping of the die, the coin illustrated being an example. Such pieces are frequently and mistakenly submitted to NGC as 1883/2 overdates.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/15/2019

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1882 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 29.00 32.00 45.00 80.00 100.00 105 115 130 145 155 170 210 310 550 860 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 195 230 375 675 1100 25000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1179
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
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: 11/19/2019 1882 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base923161930131417123665362140173329163496---1179
-----------------1----1
-------------13112----8
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Total923161930131417123665362141176330164526---1188
 1 %2 %1 %2 %3 %1 %1 %1 %1 %3 %5 %0 %5 %12 %15 %28 %14 %4 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/28/2000 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1351, 1351/Lot# 1090 $463.25
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 88 $155.25
1/24/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210021, 210021/Lot# 20421 $253.00
5/6/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 49769 $31.00
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 47 $625.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20102 $4,171.25
7/27/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 209141 $57.30
12/24/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3514, 6083/Lot# 20068 $58.75
5/30/2018 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131823/Lot# 21150 $198.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162432456311515920122724827229233040948968411381707371276921347315341
18263651801291732092342562783043564355548351327237550389619140950
000000173209234256278304356435554835132723755038961900
0000001872182412642853173824626199861517304363651154600
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3712
Owner: Jeff Shields
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1138
Owner: Amazon
 
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