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: 7/1/2015

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1882 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 25.00 30.00 40.00 70.00 100.00 105 115 135 150 165 175 215 330 675 1175 5250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 195 230 375 775 1700 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1150
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: 7/16/2018 1882 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base820161829131415113461356132170325167535---1150
-----------------1----1
-------------13119----15
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Total820161829131415113461356133173326168635---1166
 1 %2 %1 %2 %2 %1 %1 %1 %1 %3 %5 %0 %5 %11 %15 %28 %14 %5 %0 %--- 

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/23/1997 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0939, 939/Lot# 1132 $20.75
9/15/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 159 $242.00
1/28/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 5370 $575.00
3/13/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 229, 235/Lot# 5182 $195.50
2/3/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3221 $1,092.50
2/17/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 96700 $115.50
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20102 $4,171.25
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3810 $998.75
11/14/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3508, 6062/Lot# 20077 $37.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162432456311515920122724827229233040948968411381707371276921347315341
18263651801291732092342562783043564355548351327237550389619140950
000000173209234256278304356435554835132723755038961900
0000001872182412642853173824626199861517304363651154600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1138
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 684
Owner: D. L. Tyler
 
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