1879/8 5C PR69

CERTIFICATION#: 03140877
PCGS#: 3834

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Proof 1879 Shield Nickels can be found with a normal date, a tripled date, and an 1879/8 overdate.  The overdate looks less like a 9/8 than it does a 9 with raised metal within the loops of the 9.  However, Breen, in his observation, said "Forms a small minority of the proofs", but the PCGS Population Report dispels this assertion.  PCGS shows populations (as of June 2011) of 466 of the "normal" 1879 Proof Nickels and 490 of the 1879/8 Proof Nickels.  The finest example is a single PCGS PR-69, the only Proof Shield Nickel (of any date!) to have earned this lofty grade.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 3,200 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 1,000 R-5.0 12 / 18 TIE 14 / 20 TIE
60 or Better 950 R-5.1 11 / 18 TIE 13 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 13 / 18 15 / 20

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:5533 - Joseph O' Connor, sold privately on May 16, 2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98144, $8,812.50

2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade