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1883 5C Shield (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3813
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
1,456,919
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 60,000 R-2.4 17 / 17 19 / 19
60 or Better 6,000 R-3.8 17 / 17 19 / 19
65 or Better 1,250 R-4.9 17 / 17 19 / 19
Survival Estimate
All Grades 60,000
60 or Better 6,000
65 or Better 1,250
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.4
60 or Better R-3.8
65 or Better R-4.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 17 / 17
60 or Better 17 / 17
65 or Better 17 / 17
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 19 / 19
60 or Better 19 / 19
65 or Better 19 / 19

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
10 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#10 MS66+ PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1883, the Philadelphia Mint produced three different types of Nickels. The first was the Shield Nickel, the last of its kind. The second was the Liberty Head type, but there was a problem -- the word CENTS was missing from the back of the coin, creating an opportunity for disreputable individuals to gold-plate them and attempt to pass them off as $5 gold pieces. The third was the Liberty Head type, now with the word CENTS added to the reverse.

The mintage of the 1883 Shield Nickel was over 1.45 million, placing it in the upper half of the series in terms of raw rarity. However, many of the coins were saved as souvenirs of the last year of issue or by collectors who hoped that they might be rare someday. Thus, this date is very common in all Mint State grades up to, and including, MS66. Above that level, there are only nine PCGS MS67s, and none finer. As usual, even in the last year of issue, die cracking continued to be a problem.