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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Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1882 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.00 30.00 34.00 47.00 85.00 115 120 125 135 150 160 175 215 300 550 850 3000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1213
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: 4/13/2021 1882 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1026162033141617123767362147176338164487---1213
-----------------1----1
-------------132121---10
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Total1026162033141617123767362148179340165518---1224
 1%2%1%2%3%1%1%1%1%3%5%0%5%12%15%28%13%4%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162432456311515920122724827229233040948968411381707371276921347315341
182636518012917320923425627830435643555483513272375503896191409516108
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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