Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1876 Shield Nickel has a slighter higher mintage than the 1875, and is slightly less valuable in all grades, mostly due to higher populations.  Like most of the common Shield Nickels, this date is seen most frequently in MS-64, can be found withtout too much difficulty in MS-65, becomes scarce to rare in MS-66, and is unobtainable finer. 

As usual, this date comes with some interesting die cracks (see the AU58 example illustrated above for some rather impressive ones).  Look for coins that show intense luster and which are as free of spots as possible.

PCGS #
3805
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
2530000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
452
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 4000 R-4.2 8 / 17 8 / 19
All Grades 600 R-5.8 11 / 17 11 / 19
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 11 / 17 TIE 12 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 4000
All Grades 600
60 or Better 150
65 or Better R-4.2
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-7.5
65 or Better 8 / 17
All Grades 11 / 17
60 or Better 11 / 17 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 19
All Grades 11 / 19
60 or Better 12 / 19 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade