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1880 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
3810
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
16,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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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 100 R-8.0 1 / 17 1 / 19
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 1 / 17 1 / 19
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 17 1 / 19
Survival Estimate
All Grades 100
60 or Better 30
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.0
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 17
60 or Better 1 / 17
65 or Better 1 / 17
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 19
60 or Better 1 / 19
65 or Better 1 / 19

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Just Having Fun Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:1268, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:4032, $117,500 - Heritage 1/2016:5284, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3039, not sold

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3080, $74,750 - Heritage 8/2014:3258, $88,125 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:49, $91,062.50

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1125, $73,496

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
10 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Just Having Fun Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:1268, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:4032, $117,500 - Heritage 1/2016:5284, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3039, not sold

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3080, $74,750 - Heritage 8/2014:3258, $88,125 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:49, $91,062.50

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1125, $73,496

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
MS64 PCGS grade #10 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Among all the Shield Nickels, the 1880 has the lowest mintage of any circulation strike date in the series. The problem with this situation is that the low mintage consists primarily of Prooflike examples. Thus, a poorly made proof example, of which there are many, is often presented as a circulation strike, which is worth considerably more than a Proof. To counter this, we recommend dealing only in certified examples, because these have been checked out and vetted by the experts at PCGS.

The extremely low population of certified Mint State examples consists of less than two dozen that have been certified by PCGS. Of those, only a single MS66 exists, with none finer.