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SERIES: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1870 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3797
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
4,806,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$7,638 • PCGS MS66+ • 12-3-2015 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 6,000 R-3.8 11 / 17 12 / 19
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 7 / 17 TIE 7 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 4 / 17 TIE 4 / 19 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:452 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30143

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:452 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30143

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1870, the mintage of the Nickel dropped substantially, but still rang in at nearly 5 million pieces.  Though the total population for this date dropped as well, the grade distribution of Mint State examples mimics that of previous years.  In other words, MS64 is the most frequently-seen grade, followed by MS63, then MS65.  At the top end is MS66, where PCGS has certified a total of ten examples, but none finer.

Most examples of this date are struck well, but die cracks are common.  Often, the reverse stars show outlines; this was not caused by repunching, but by impressing the hub too heavily into the die.