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

1872 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3799
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
6,036,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$25,850 • PCGS MS67 CAC • 11-8-2013 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
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Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 8,000 R-3.4 12 / 17 13 / 19
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 12 / 17 12 / 19
65 or Better 125 R-7.7 10 / 17 11 / 19
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade
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2 MS66 PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade
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2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1872, Philadelphia Mint employees produced over 6 million Shield Nickels.  Why the mintage jumped so high (or why it was so low in the previous year) is unclear.  In any event, this is a common date that can be found easily in most circulated and uncirculated grades up through MS65.  In MS66, the population of PCGS-certified examples falls to only 18. The only coin with a higher grade is a single PCGS MS67.

Occasionally, 1872 Nickels show weakness in the radial lines on the reverse stars.  Die cracks are seen often, though not in the numbers and severity as seen on some of the earlier dates.