Coins Certified as of 1/23

Shield Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1866-1883): Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels

Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels - 5th

Current Statistics
Rank 5
GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 64.828
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 64.828
Retired Statistics (8/16/2003)
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 64.552
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 64.552
Sunnywood's Sets

About this set: At its peak, the Sunnywood Collection included over 150 specimens of the finest mint state, proof, pattern, variety and error coin shield nickels - surely one of the most extensive and highest quality collections of this series ever assembled. Most of this collection has been sold, and so the Sunnywood PCGS Registry sets are now retired to the "All-Time Finest" list. Shown here are just some of the PCGS-certified highlights from the Sunnywood Collection. You might wonder how a collection of this calibre could be lacking an 1880 in uncirculated condition. Most 1880 circulation strikes are prooflike, and were struck from the same dies as the 3200 proofs. We passed over a number of these in MS63 and higher, hoping to find a "no-questions" business strike with frosty MS luster. As of August 2003, the only two that we were aware of were the single NGC MS65 and the recently "made" PCGS MS66 coins, neither of which was available to us. Therefore, we are content to allow an AU58 represent the issue here, as the light circulation wear at least gives the coin some credibility as a business strike. We also note our amazement at the ever-climbing "pops" as more coins are "conserved" and submitted for upgrades. When the Sunnywood coins were acquired, most of the pops in these grades were well less than half of what they are today, which made completing the set a considerable challenge at the time. (Many were just 2/0 or 3/0 when purchased !!)

Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
37901866 Rays5CMS66534544
37911867 Rays5CMS671010
37941867 No Rays5CMS66231231
379518685CMS66377377Fresh sparkling satiny luster. This example has the reverse of 1867, but t...
379618695CMS66181181Virtually flawless white coin, with the second ("wide date") logotype. We ...
379718705CMS6552365236In our opinion, 1870 is the most underrated date in the shield series, as i...
380018735CMS6693133Flawless white beauty. Very tough in MS66, the finest of three examples we...
380318745CMS66103103The nicest of four different PCGS MS66''s we have owned. At one point, Sun...
380418755CMS66113113The nicest of several PCGS MS66''s we have owned, and a better date in all ...
381018805CAU58224224As is typical of this issue, this coin has the Breen-2515 obverse, with pro...
381118815CMS675050Stunning flawless white specimen. We bought this coin as NGC MS67 (at the ...
38131883 Shield5CMS67151161