Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Production of Shield Nickels in 1882 was huge -- to the tune of almost 11.5 million pieces.  This was the largest production in a dozen years, and only four dates (1866, 1867, 1868, and 1869) have higher mintages.  As might be expected, this is a very common date, and one that is easy to locate in all conditions except MS67. 

Luster ranges from satiny to prooflike.  Die cracking is seen frequently, but not to the severe degree on some of the preceding dates.  Overall, this is a good choice for type collectors who seek an affordable, high-grade example of a Shield Nickel.

Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
11472900
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
1
Pop Lower
1755
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 40000 R-2.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
All Grades 3000 R-4.4 16 / 17 17 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 16 / 17 18 / 19

Condition Census

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