1867 5C Rays (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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WITH RAYS VS. WITHOUT RAYS

WITH RAYS VS. WITHOUT RAYS

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3791
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
2,019,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 1 / 2 9 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 1 / 2 13 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 1 / 2 4 / 19 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,000
60 or Better 1,000
65 or Better 75
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-5.0
65 or Better R-8.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 2
60 or Better 1 / 2
65 or Better 1 / 2
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 19 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

In 1867, the Mint continued using a reverse with the rays interspersed between the stars. Problems in striking the coins continued, particularly the difficulties in bringing up all the details and with dies cracking prematurely. A decision was made to remove the rays, in the hopes that their removal might solve some of the production problems.

The mintage of the 1867 With Rays Nickel is a fraction of that of the 1867 No Rays, but the difference is not so stark in the number of certified examples. For instance, the PCGS Population Report (as of June 2011), shows 547 With Rays and only 800 of the No Rays. Perhaps collector interest in the No Rays version was not great enough to preserve large quantities of the newer version.

Mint State version are relatively common and are most likely to be found at the MS-64 level. Gems are scarcer and the finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.