Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,419
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 PF obverse 1883 SHIELD 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is perhaps the most well made proof in the Shield Nickel series, with full strikes and bright fields being the rule. Only occasionally are the flaws described for some other dates seen with this issue. The certified population of gems is large for this date, though with only a limited number of these qualifying as Cameo proofs.

Though this coin type became obsolete early in 1883, as the Mint transitioned to the new Liberty Head type, production of Shield Nickel proofs continued through most of the year. This was done to curb speculation in what would otherwise have been a rare issue. Collectors and speculators only sought them more, setting a record proof mintage for the series.

A very minor repunched date variety is known for one proof die, but there is almost no interest by collectors.

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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1883 SHIELD 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 215 255 290 340 390 500 585 1150 5500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 315 375 450 550 875 1500 -
1883 SHIELD 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 475 600 725 1600 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 525 650 1000 2850 -
1883 SHIELD 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3500 6000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1162
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1883 SHIELD 5C PF
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Base---------11-123786298365213462--1061
-----------------11---2
----------------363---12
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Total---------11-123786298368220502--1075
 ---------0%0%-1%3%8%28%34%20%5%0%-- 
1883 SHIELD 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------11318243913---99
----------------11----2
----------------141---6
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Total------------11318264414---107
 ------------1%1%3%17%24%41%13%--- 
1883 SHIELD 5C PF UC
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Base-----------------2----2
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-----------------2----2
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Total-----------------4----4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 SHIELD 5C PF CA
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Base76102139183241314363439512577640697739835921114613791697236053671300623440
85114154202265330388463534598659711771864996122414851918336279131648424612
0000003884635345986597117718649961224148519183362791300
000000414488555619678725803892107113011591213943651046000
1883 SHIELD 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base85115151201262339392471549618682743789888980121414571789247755821578628347
951271682212883574184975726397027588229191058129515682018351289831997329764
00000041849757263970275882291910581295156820183512898300
000000445523595661723774855949113613761678224845471238500
1883 SHIELD 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6794127167220288336409477539597653692783865108113031609224751581128120404
76105140185243304360432498558616666722810937115514051822321771991432221424
0000003604324985586166667228109371155140518223217719900
00000038545451857863467975383810091229150720344188924000
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 3217
Owner: TAC Enterprises
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 2360
Owner: jgrinz
 
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