1872 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3799
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
6,036,000
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 8,000 R-3.4 12 / 17 13 / 19
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 12 / 17 12 / 19
65 or Better 125 R-7.7 10 / 17 11 / 19
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8,000
60 or Better 750
65 or Better 125
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.4
60 or Better R-5.5
65 or Better R-7.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 12 / 17
60 or Better 12 / 17
65 or Better 10 / 17
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 19
60 or Better 12 / 19
65 or Better 11 / 19

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 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 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS67 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 PCGS grade
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.