1880 5C (Proof)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR66

PCGS PR66

PCGS PR66

PCGS PR66

PCGS #:
3835
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
3,955
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS 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 2,700 R-4.4 17 / 18 19 / 20
60 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 15 / 18 TIE 17 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 850 R-5.3 16 / 18 18 / 20
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,700
60 or Better 2,500
65 or Better 850
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-4.5
65 or Better R-5.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 17 / 18
60 or Better 15 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 18
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 19 / 20
60 or Better 17 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 20

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1880 Shield Nickel boasts the second highest Proof mintage of the series (second only to the 1883). As a business strike, this date has the lowest mintage by far, thus some pressure exists from the date collecting community, where collectors are willing to accept a nice Proof example in place of a rare business strike. However, the pressure is not too intense, and the 1880 Proof Nickel is only slightly more expensive than the other Proof dates.

As of December 2011, PCGS had certified over 1,000 Proof 1880 Nickels, mostly in the PR-64 and PR-65 grades. Nearly 20% are Cameo Proofs, though this percentage is expected to increase because, early on, PCGS did not recognize the Cameo and Deep Cameo designations. Since they began making this distinction, PCGS has certified only one Deep Cameo Proof 1880 Nickel, indicating the extreme rarity of that format.

The finest Proof 1880 Nickels certified by PCGS include the following: 15 PR-67 non-Cameos; 14 PR-67 Cameos; and 1 PR-64 Deep Cameo.