1879/8 5C (Proof)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

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CLOSEUP OF OVERDATE

CLOSEUP OF OVERDATE

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS #:
3834
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
3,200
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC 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 1,000 R-5.0 12 / 18 TIE 14 / 20 TIE
60 or Better 950 R-5.1 11 / 18 TIE 13 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 13 / 18 15 / 20
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 950
65 or Better 500
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-5.1
65 or Better R-6.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 12 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 18
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 14 / 20 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 20

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:5533 - Joseph O' Connor, sold privately on May 16, 2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98144, $8,812.50

2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
8 PR67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2018:431, $3,173

8 PR67+ PCGS grade
8 PR67+ PCGS grade
#1 PR69 PCGS grade
#2 PR68 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:5533 - Joseph O' Connor, sold privately on May 16, 2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98144, $8,812.50

#2 PR68 PCGS grade
#2 PR68 PCGS grade
#2 PR68 PCGS grade
#2 PR68 PCGS grade
#2 PR68 PCGS grade
#8 PR67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2018:431, $3,173

#8 PR67+ PCGS grade
#8 PR67+ PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Proof 1879 Shield Nickels can be found with a normal date, a tripled date, and an 1879/8 overdate. The overdate looks less like a 9/8 than it does a 9 with raised metal within the loops of the 9. However, Breen, in his observation, said "Forms a small minority of the proofs", but the PCGS Population Report dispels this assertion. PCGS shows populations (as of June 2011) of 466 of the "normal" 1879 Proof Nickels and 490 of the 1879/8 Proof Nickels. The finest example is a single PCGS PR-69, the only Proof Shield Nickel (of any date!) to have earned this lofty grade.