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

1875 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3804
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
2,097,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$8,400 • PCGS MS66 • 5-5-2004 • 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 3,500 R-4.3 7 / 17 7 / 19
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 7 / 17 TIE 7 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 90 R-8.1 6 / 17 7 / 19
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 11/2002:5721 - Heritage 6/2005:5485 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30144

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
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 11/2002:5721 - Heritage 6/2005:5485 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30144

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: The 1875 Shield Nickel is a relatively common coin, though it is far less available than the super-common dates such as the 1868 and 1869.  In Mint State, the grade seen most frequently is MS-64, followed by MS-63, then MS-65.  The best examples are a cluster of PCGS MS-66s that fill out the Condition Census.  Look for the usual die cracks -- they are nearly impossible to avoid.