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Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels - 5th

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About This Set: At its peak, the Sunnywood Collection included over 150 specimens of the finest mint state, proof, pattern, variety and error coin shield nickels - surely one of the most extensive and highest quality collections of this series ever assembled. Most of this collection has been sold, and so the Sunnywood PCGS Registry sets are now retired to the "All-Time Finest" list. Shown here are just some of the PCGS-certified highlights from the Sunnywood Collection. You might wonder how a collection of this calibre could be lacking an 1880 in uncirculated condition. Most 1880 circulation strikes are prooflike, and were struck from the same dies as the 3200 proofs. We passed over a number of these in MS63 and higher, hoping to find a "no-questions" business strike with frosty MS luster. As of August 2003, the only two that we were aware of were the single NGC MS65 and the recently "made" PCGS MS66 coins, neither of which was available to us. Therefore, we are content to allow an AU58 represent the issue here, as the light circulation wear at least gives the coin some credibility as a business strike. We also note our amazement at the ever-climbing "pops" as more coins are "conserved" and submitted for upgrades. When the Sunnywood coins were acquired, most of the pops in these grades were well less than half of what they are today, which made completing the set a considerable challenge at the time. (Many were just 2/0 or 3/0 when purchased !!)

Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels

Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1866 Rays 3790 1866 5C MS66 56 4 574
1867 Rays 3791 1867 5C MS67 1 0 10
1867 No Rays 3794 1867 5C MS66 23 1 231
1868 3795 1868 5C MS66 34 7 357
Fresh sparkling satiny luster. This example has the reverse of 1867, but the stars are remarkably well defined for that hub. The Sunnywood Collection also includes a complete set of Reverse of 1868 nickels in mint state.
1869 3796 1869 5C MS66 18 1 181
Virtually flawless white coin, with the second ("wide date") logotype. We also own the solo finest certified NGC MS67, as well as both certified MS66 examples of the FS-005 "tall date" (first logotype).
1870 3797 1870 5C MS65 42 38 4238
In our opinion, 1870 is the most underrated date in the shield series, as it is tough both in proof and in mint state. We have nave never seen the two PCGS MS66 coins, but have owned most of the NGC MS66''s at one time or another. So we admit to buying this MS65 just to fill the slot!! It is a super-white lustrous coin.
1871 3798 1871 5C MS66 11 2 122
1872 3799 1872 5C MS66 30 5 325
1873 3800 1873 5C MS66 9 3 133
Flawless white beauty. Very tough in MS66, the finest of three examples we have owned in that lofty grade (including both services).
1874 3803 1874 5C MS66 10 3 103
The nicest of four different PCGS MS66''s we have owned. At one point, Sunnywood had all but one of the 1874 MS66 coins at both services!!
1875 3804 1875 5C MS66 11 3 113
The nicest of several PCGS MS66''s we have owned, and a better date in all grades.
1876 3805 1876 5C MS66 15 2 152
1879 3808 1879 5C MS66 25 4 254
1880 3810 1880 5C AU58 2 24 224
As is typical of this issue, this coin has the Breen-2515 obverse, with prooflike fields. However, the strike, planchet condition and bagmarks help to identify the coin as a business strike.
1881 3811 1881 5C MS67 5 0 50
Stunning flawless white specimen. We bought this coin as NGC MS67 (at the time, it was Pop 1/0 at NGC and at 2/0 at PCGS). It is interesting to see how even 19th century coins continue to be "made" in high grade at the services. Still, this is the finest example we have encountered.
1882 3812 1882 5C MS67 8 0 80
1883 Shield 3813 1883 5C MS67 15 1 161