1880 5C MS66

PCGS#: 3810

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Among all the Shield Nickels, the 1880 has the lowest mintage of any circulation strike date in the series.  The problem with this situation is that the low mintage consists primarily of Prooflike examples.  Thus, a poorly made proof example, of which there are many, is often presented as a circulation strike, which is worth considerably more than a Proof.  To counter this, we recommend dealing only in certified examples, because these have been checked out and vetted by the experts at PCGS.

The extremely low population of certified Mint State examples consists of less than two dozen that have been certified by PCGS.  Of those, only a single MS66 exists, with none finer.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 16,000 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 100 R-8.0 1 / 17 1 / 19
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 1 / 17 1 / 19
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 17 1 / 19

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Just Having Fun Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/27/2014:1268, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:403

2 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3080, $74,750

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1125, $73,496