1871 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 #:
3798
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
561,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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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 1,500 R-4.8 5 / 17 TIE 5 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 5 / 17 5 / 19
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 17 TIE 8 / 19 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,500
60 or Better 250
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 17 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 17
65 or Better 7 / 17 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 19
65 or Better 8 / 19 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	MS66+ PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2015:1085, not sold - “Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:3750, $5,875

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	MS66+ PCGS grade 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2015:1085, not sold - “Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:3750, $5,875

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

In 1871, the Mint produced only 561,000 Nickels for circulation. This was a new record low for the series, by far; the previous low was the year before when the Philadelphia Mint produced nearly 5 million Nickels. Naturally, this is one of the more sought-after of the Shield Nickel dates. The overall population is sustantially lower than in previous years, and the number of certified Mint State examples dropped by nearly a half. Surprisingly, a fair number of MS64 to MS65 examples are known, and even the MS66 grade is on par with more common dates such as 1869 and 1870.

The strike quality on this date is generally quite good, although an occasional piece will show weakness on the stars on the upper to upper right reverse. As usual, die cracks appear frequently.