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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Last Updated: 5/25/2020

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1883 SHIELD 5C MS
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Base $ 25.00 30.00 34.00 45.00 85.00 110 115 120 125 155 160 175 210 270 525 975 3600 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2048
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: 7/27/2021 1883 SHIELD 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2--215153723297919571542833614722748218---2048
-----------------31---4
--------------2213----8
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Total2--215153723297919571542833634742758819---2060
 0%--0%1%1%2%1%1%4%9%0%7%14%18%23%13%4%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 SHIELD 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162437506711515920122724827229233040948966311101707371276201333915193
182841558312917320923425627830435643554781213092375501495261395715953
000000173209234256278304356435547812130923755014952600
0000001872182412642853173824626059611508304363171143200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1707
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1707
Owner: TerryZman
 
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