1869 5C MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 21981804
PCGS#: 3796

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1869 Shield Nickel was the last date to have a mintage over 10 million pieces.  Because of the relatively largemintage, many examples survived in high grade in collections and accumulations.  The most frequenyl-seen grade (by far) is MS-64, but ample quantities exist in MS65 to satisfy the demand for gem examples.  The PCGS Condition Census consists entirely of MS66 examples, of which PCGS has certified eleven.

This date, like so many others in the series, often shows spidery die cracks, especially on the obverse.  Often, the stars on the reverse are weakly struck.  The ultimate 1869 Shield Nickel is one that is fully struck, bright, lustrous, and with no (or few) die cracks.  Good luck finding such a creature!

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 16,395,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
3
16
2
4
22
2
6
24
1
8
30
1
10
32
2
12
35
1
15
38
25
48
1
30
52
4
35
56
6
45+
80
50+
115
53+
130
55+
145
58+
165
61
185
3
62+
210
63+
250
65+
1,050
2
66+
11,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 20,000 R-2.8 13 / 17 14 / 19
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 13 / 17 13 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 11 / 17 TIE 12 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade   American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:178, unsold
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade