Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1874 Shield Nickel is a common issue that is one of the best values in the series.  The 1874 is not as common as high mintage dates like 1868 and 1869, yet it does not cammand much of a value premium.  Mint State examples are easy to find, usually in MS-63 and MS-64.  The finest examples certified by PCGS (as of July 2011) are five MS-66s.

Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
3538000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
17
Pop Lower
316
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 5000 R-4.0 9 / 17 TIE 9 / 19 TIE
All Grades 500 R-6.0 7 / 17 TIE 7 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 17 TIE 8 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade