1867 5C No Rays MS64

CERTIFICATION#: 13949976
PCGS#: 3794

Owner's Comments

"CAC approved " Blazer

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1867, the Mint continued using a reverse with the rays interspersed between the stars.  Problems in striking the coins continued, particularly the difficulties in bringing up all the details and with dies cracking prematurely.  A decision was made to remove the rays, in the hopes that their removal might solve some of the production problems. 

The mintage of the 1867 No Rays Nickel is substantially higher than that of the 1867 With Rays, but the difference is not so stark in the number of certified examples.  For instance, the PCGS Population Report (as of May 2012), shows 574 With Rays and only 834 of the No Rays.  Perhaps collector interest in the No Rays version was not great enough to preserve large quantities of the newer version.

Mint State version are relatively common and are most likely to be found at the MS-64 level.  Gems are scarcer and the finest examples graded by PCGS are 11 at the MS66 level.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 28,890,500 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
1
20
1
2
13
3
16
3
6
24
8
30
1
10
32
6
20
45
4
25
48
8
45+
80
50+
115
53+
130
55+
145
58+
165
62+
210
63+
250
1
64+
425
2
65+
1,050
2
66+
3,500
1

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 300 R-6.4 14 / 17 15 / 19

Condition Census

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