1870 5C MS64

PCGS#: 3797

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1870, the mintage of the Nickel dropped substantially, but still rang in at nearly 5 million pieces.  Though the total population for this date dropped as well, the grade distribution of Mint State examples mimics that of previous years.  In other words, MS64 is the most frequently-seen grade, followed by MS63, then MS65.  At the top end is MS66, where PCGS has certified a total of ten examples, but none finer.

Most examples of this date are struck well, but die cracks are common.  Often, the reverse stars show outlines; this was not caused by repunching, but by impressing the hub too heavily into the die.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 4,806,000 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 6,000 R-3.8 11 / 17 12 / 19
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 7 / 17 TIE 7 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 4 / 17 TIE 4 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

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