1879 5C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 10009060
PCGS#: 3808

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The U.S. Mint at Philadelphia produced no Shield Nickels for circulation in 1877 and 1878.  In 1879, production resumed, but only in limited amounts (this was true of every denomination except for the Cent and the Morgan Dollar).  In fact, the 1879 Shield Nickel has the second lowest mintage in it series, second only to the 1880.  As a result, there is a lot of collector demand for this date, and prices for higher-grade pieces reflect this demand. 

Numerous Gem examples have survived, perhaps more so than some other dates.  Looking at the PCGS Population Report, one sees that the most common grade for this date is MS-65, followed by MS-64, then MS-66 (where PCGS cites 22 examples).  No MS-67 or better examples have been certified by PCGS.

This date features luster ranging from frosty to prooflike.  Virtually all examples show good strike details and the die-cracking that plagued earlier issues seems to be much of a non-issue here.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 25,900 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 350 R-6.3 3 / 17 3 / 19
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 4 / 17 4 / 19
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 4 / 17 TIE 4 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
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1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade