1872 5C MS63 Certification #21041038, PCGS #3799

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1872, Philadelphia Mint employees produced over 6 million Shield Nickels.  Why the mintage jumped so high (or why it was so low in the previous year) is unclear.  In any event, this is a common date that can be found easily in most circulated and uncirculated grades up through MS65.  In MS66, the population of PCGS-certified examples falls to only 18. The only coin with a higher grade is a single PCGS MS67.

Occasionally, 1872 Nickels show weakness in the radial lines on the reverse stars.  Die cracks are seen often, though not in the numbers and severity as seen on some of the earlier dates.

PCGS #
3799
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
6036000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
201
Pop Lower
247
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 8000 R-3.4 12 / 17 13 / 19
All Grades 750 R-5.5 12 / 17 12 / 19
60 or Better 125 R-7.7 10 / 17 11 / 19
65 or Better 8000
All Grades 750
60 or Better 125
65 or Better R-3.4
All Grades R-5.5
60 or Better R-7.7
65 or Better 12 / 17
All Grades 12 / 17
60 or Better 10 / 17
65 or Better 13 / 19
All Grades 12 / 19
60 or Better 11 / 19

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade