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.

PCGS #
3812
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
11472900
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
1
Pop Lower
1792
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 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
65 or Better 40000
All Grades 3000
60 or Better 750
65 or Better R-2.6
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-5.5
65 or Better 14 / 17 TIE
All Grades 16 / 17
60 or Better 16 / 17
65 or Better 15 / 19 TIE
All Grades 17 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 19

Condition Census Learn More

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
MS67+ PCGS grade #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