Ron Guth: The 1874 Shield Nickel is a common issue that is one of the best values in the series. The 1874 is not as common as high mintage dates like 1868 and 1869, yet it does not cammand much of a value premium. Mint State examples are easy to find, usually in MS-63 and MS-64. The finest examples certified by PCGS (as of July 2011) are five MS-66s.
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