1870 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3797
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
4,806,000
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 6,000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 75
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.8
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 11 / 17
60 or Better 7 / 17 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 17 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 12 / 19
60 or Better 7 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 19 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:452, $6,613 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30143, $4,994

7 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#7 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:452, $6,613 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30143, $4,994

#7 MS66 PCGS grade
#7 MS66 PCGS grade
#7 MS66 PCGS grade
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.