1872 5C MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 22098950
PCGS#: 3799

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1872, Philadelphia Mint employees produced over 6 million Shield Nickels.  Why the mintage jumped so high (or why it was so low in the previous year) is unclear.  In any event, this is a common date that can be found easily in most circulated and uncirculated grades up through MS65.  In MS66, the population of PCGS-certified examples falls to only 18. The only coin with a higher grade is a single PCGS MS67.

Occasionally, 1872 Nickels show weakness in the radial lines on the reverse stars.  Die cracks are seen often, though not in the numbers and severity as seen on some of the earlier dates.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 6,036,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
3
30
1
4
45
2
15
115
1
20
125
3
25
130
3
45+
160
50+
170
53+
175
55+
185
58+
200
60
215
1
62+
280
63+
350
64+
575
3
65+
2,500
1
66+
5,250
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 8,000 R-3.4 12 / 17 13 / 19
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 12 / 17 12 / 19
65 or Better 125 R-7.7 10 / 17 11 / 19

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade