1867 5C No Rays VF35 Certification #31322621, PCGS #3794

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1867, the Mint continued using a reverse with the rays interspersed between the stars.  Problems in striking the coins continued, particularly the difficulties in bringing up all the details and with dies cracking prematurely.  A decision was made to remove the rays, in the hopes that their removal might solve some of the production problems. 

The mintage of the 1867 No Rays Nickel is substantially higher than that of the 1867 With Rays, but the difference is not so stark in the number of certified examples.  For instance, the PCGS Population Report (as of May 2012), shows 574 With Rays and only 834 of the No Rays.  Perhaps collector interest in the No Rays version was not great enough to preserve large quantities of the newer version.

Mint State version are relatively common and are most likely to be found at the MS-64 level.  Gems are scarcer and the finest examples graded by PCGS are 11 at the MS66 level.

PCGS #
3794
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
28890500
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
1268
Pop Lower
57
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 2000 R-4.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 14 / 17 15 / 19
65 or Better 40000
All Grades 2000
60 or Better 300
65 or Better R-2.6
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-6.4
65 or Better 14 / 17 TIE
All Grades 14 / 17 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 17
65 or Better 15 / 19 TIE
All Grades 15 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 19

Condition Census Learn More

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

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2014:3264, $1,528

MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2014:3264, $1,528