1868 5C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 04524746
PCGS#: 3795

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The Mint produced over 28 million Nickels in 1868, making this the second most common date in the entire series.  At the same time, the Mint made Half Dimes, but only to the tune of 88,600, a seemingly insignificant mintage in relation to the Nickel (a good question is why they were even made at all).

Mint State 1868 Nickels are readily available in grades up through MS65.  There are enough MS66 examples to fill the PCGS Condition Census with coins of that grade, but PCGS has not assigned a higher grade to any 1868 Nickel.

This date is usually struck well, though cracks continue to plague many examples (to see a variety of interesting die cracks, check out the View All Coin Images link above, then click on the individual pictures to get a dramatic close-up look.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 28,817,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
3
16
2
6
24
2
8
30
3
10
32
6
12
35
2
15
38
4
25
48
2
45+
80
50+
115
53+
130
55+
145
58+
165
1
62+
210
1
63+
250
64+
450
3
65+
1,050
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 40,000 R-2.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 2,000 R-4.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 400 R-6.2 15 / 17 16 / 19

Condition Census

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