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1868 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3795
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
28,817,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 40,000 R-2.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 2,000 R-4.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 400 R-6.2 15 / 17 16 / 19
Survival Estimate
All Grades 40,000
60 or Better 2,000
65 or Better 400
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.6
60 or Better R-4.6
65 or Better R-6.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 14 / 17 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 17 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 17
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 15 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 19

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
9 MS66 PCGS grade
9 MS66 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#9 MS66 PCGS grade
#9 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The Mint produced over 28 million Nickels in 1868, making this the second most common date in the entire series. At the same time, the Mint made Half Dimes, but only to the tune of 88,600, a seemingly insignificant mintage in relation to the Nickel (a good question is why they were even made at all).

Mint State 1868 Nickels are readily available in grades up through MS65. There are enough MS66 examples to fill the PCGS Condition Census with coins of that grade, but PCGS has not assigned a higher grade to any 1868 Nickel.

This date is usually struck well, though cracks continue to plague many examples (to see a variety of interesting die cracks, check out the View All Coin Images link above, then click on the individual pictures to get a dramatic close-up look.