1879 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3808
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
25,900
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 350 R-6.3 3 / 17 3 / 19
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 4 / 17 4 / 19
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 4 / 17 TIE 4 / 19 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 350
60 or Better 150
65 or Better 75
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.3
60 or Better R-7.5
65 or Better R-8.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 17
60 or Better 4 / 17
65 or Better 4 / 17 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 19
60 or Better 4 / 19
65 or Better 4 / 19 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The U.S. Mint at Philadelphia produced no Shield Nickels for circulation in 1877 and 1878. In 1879, production resumed, but only in limited amounts (this was true of every denomination except for the Cent and the Morgan Dollar). In fact, the 1879 Shield Nickel has the second lowest mintage in it series, second only to the 1880. As a result, there is a lot of collector demand for this date, and prices for higher-grade pieces reflect this demand.

Numerous Gem examples have survived, perhaps more so than some other dates. Looking at the PCGS Population Report, one sees that the most common grade for this date is MS-65, followed by MS-64, then MS-66 (where PCGS cites 22 examples). No MS-67 or better examples have been certified by PCGS.

This date features luster ranging from frosty to prooflike. Virtually all examples show good strike details and the die-cracking that plagued earlier issues seems to be much of a non-issue here.