Description and Analysis
Shield Five Cents
1880 5C PF
Description & Analysis
Proofs of this date are plentiful, unlike the very rare currency strikes. This disparity has led to many attempts to get proofs certified as MS, but precious few truly MS pieces are known.
This date typically comes quite well struck and with brilliant fields. Some will show a slightly uneven surface, and it's not certain whether this is due to flaws in the die or improper planchet preparation. The latter case is most likely. Gems are not rare, and even Cameo examples may be found with some frequency.
All proofs and currency strikes are from the same dies, the obverse revealing a distinctly repunched date. This has only added to the confusion over which coins are proofs and which are not.