Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,451,500
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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1883 SHIELD 5C MS obverse 1883 SHIELD 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite its modest mintage the 1883 Shield Nickel is the most plentiful issue in Mint State. This is due entirely to speculative hoarding by collectors and the general public aware that the design was about to be replaced.

Most coins of this date were well made and display good luster. They usually have decent strikes, though the numerals of the date may be a bit shallow or partially filled. It is thus the ideal type coin for the series without rays.

Several repunched date varieties are known for 1883. These are in addition to the numerous overdates, which are described in the next entry.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/22/2019

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1883 SHIELD 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 29.00 33.00 42.00 80.00 105 110 115 120 150 155 170 200 275 535 995 3600 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 195 235 375 675 1400 7000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1973
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
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: 12/10/2019 1883 SHIELD 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2--214133520257618241412713474662768118---1973
-----------------31---4
--------------221-----5
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Total2--214133520257618241412713494682778419---1982
 0 %--0 %1 %1 %2 %1 %1 %4 %9 %0 %7 %14 %18 %24 %14 %4 %1 %--- 

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6/26/1996 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0853, 853/Lot# 1185 $81.75
4/5/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 6008 $488.75
8/6/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday Sale - Internet Auction # 165, 170/Lot# 247 $212.75
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7799 $247.93
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1001 $305.50
7/6/2014 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 182038 $127.00
10/31/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3506, 6060/Lot# 22059 $88.13
5/31/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24158 $103.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 SHIELD 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162437506711515920122724827229233040948966311101707371276201333915193
18284155831291732092342562783043564355478121309237550149526139570
000000173209234256278304356435547812130923755014952600
0000001872182412642853173824626059611508304363171143200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1707
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1707
Owner: TerryZman
 
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