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.

Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
2530000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
441
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

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