Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Demand for Nickels rose inexplicably in 1881, and to meet the demand, the Mint produced 68,800 Nickels for circulation.  Nonetheless, this was still the third lowest mintage for the entire Shield Nickel series, and this date remains scarce today.  The overall quality of this date is especially nice, and enough Mint State examples have survived that finding one will not be too difficult.  Gems are scarce, but not rare, and even a handful of MS67 examples await the collector.

Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
68000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
369
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 750 R-5.5 4 / 17 4 / 19
All Grades 300 R-6.4 6 / 17 6 / 19
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 11 / 17 TIE 12 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

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

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade