1880 5C MS (PCGS# 3810)

2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #1172

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
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  • Grade:
    MS63 CAC
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Lot Description
1880 5C MS63 PCGS. CAC. Any numismatist familiar with the later entries in the Shield nickel series -- that is, the last few before the Liberty nickels took over in 1883 -- are familiar with how elusive the business strike issue of 1880 is, in particular. The proof mintage was nearly 4,000 pieces, but the business strikes saw a particularly low mintage of 16,000 coins. This Select example is one of four in this grade at PCGS, with 15 finer (6/12). Pale rose patina covers each side, complementing ice-blue margins. The strike is sharp, and the fields are slightly reflective while also showing significant cartwheel effect as well. A prize for series collectors.
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