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.
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