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1872 5C MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 21041038
PCGS #: 3799

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

6036000
Weight

5.00 grams
Metal Content

75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Country

The United States of America
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195
POP LOWER

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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
65 or Better 8000 R-3.4 12 / 17 13 / 19
All Grades 750 R-5.5 12 / 17 12 / 19
60 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 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade