1874 5C (Proof)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+

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PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67

PCGS PR67

PCGS #:
3828
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
700
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
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 625 R-5.7 5 / 18 TIE 7 / 20 TIE
60 or Better 615 R-5.7 5 / 18 TIE 7 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 6 / 18 TIE 7 / 20 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 625
60 or Better 615
65 or Better 200
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.7
60 or Better R-5.7
65 or Better R-7.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 18 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 20 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 7 / 20 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2011:3207, $6,612.50 - Heritage 9/2015:3750, $3,290 - Heritage 7/2016:3234, $2,820

2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2011:3207, $6,612.50 - Heritage 9/2015:3750, $3,290 - Heritage 7/2016:3234, $2,820

#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

A large percentage of the original mintage of Proof 1874 Nickels survives today. PCGS alone has certified over half the 700 Proofs struck in 1874. This large sample gives us a good idea of the distribution of the various grades and formats. For example, the most common grade is PR64. The most common format is non-Cameo. Just over 10% of the PCGS certified examples are Cameos, and only one coin has been graded Deep Cameo by PCGS. The PCGS CoinFacts Conditoon Census consists entirely of PR67 examples, over half of which are Cameos.

As such, the 1874 Proof Nickel is a great value in most grades, even at the top end. One caution -- avoid carbon spots where possible and look for coins with great eye appeal. Nickel is normally a non-reactive metal, but there are some colorful examples that should command a nice premium over a non-toned coin.