1869 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
3796
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
16,395,000
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 20,000 R-2.8 13 / 17 14 / 19
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 13 / 17 13 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 11 / 17 TIE 12 / 19 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 20,000
60 or Better 1,000
65 or Better 150
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.8
60 or Better R-5.0
65 or Better R-7.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 13 / 17
60 or Better 13 / 17
65 or Better 11 / 17 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 14 / 19
60 or Better 13 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 12 / 19 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:178, unsold

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:178, unsold

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1869 Shield Nickel was the last date to have a mintage over 10 million pieces. Because of the relatively largemintage, many examples survived in high grade in collections and accumulations. The most frequenyl-seen grade (by far) is MS-64, but ample quantities exist in MS65 to satisfy the demand for gem examples. The PCGS Condition Census consists entirely of MS66 examples, of which PCGS has certified eleven.

This date, like so many others in the series, often shows spidery die cracks, especially on the obverse. Often, the stars on the reverse are weakly struck. The ultimate 1869 Shield Nickel is one that is fully struck, bright, lustrous, and with no (or few) die cracks. Good luck finding such a creature!