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

1876 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3805
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
2,530,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$9,988 • PCGS MS66+ • 10-29-2015 • 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 4,000 R-4.2 8 / 17 8 / 19
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 11 / 17 11 / 19
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 11 / 17 TIE 12 / 19 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
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  
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  
9 MS65 PCGS grade  
9 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1876 Shield Nickel has a slighter higher mintage than the 1875, and is slightly less valuable in all grades, mostly due to higher populations.  Like most of the common Shield Nickels, this date is seen most frequently in MS-64, can be found withtout too much difficulty in MS-65, becomes scarce to rare in MS-66, and is unobtainable finer. 

As usual, this date comes with some interesting die cracks (see the AU58 example illustrated above for some rather impressive ones).  Look for coins that show intense luster and which are as free of spots as possible.