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

1880 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3810
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
16,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$117,500 • PCGS MS66 • 1-7-2015 • 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 100 R-8.0 1 / 17 1 / 19
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 1 / 17 1 / 19
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 17 1 / 19
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Just Having Fun Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/27/2014:1268, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:403

2 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3080, $74,750 - Heritage 8/2014:3258, $88,125 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:49, $91,062.50

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1125, $73,496

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

Just Having Fun Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/27/2014:1268, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:403

2 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3080, $74,750 - Heritage 8/2014:3258, $88,125 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:49, $91,062.50

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1125, $73,496

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: Among all the Shield Nickels, the 1880 has the lowest mintage of any circulation strike date in the series.  The problem with this situation is that the low mintage consists primarily of Prooflike examples.  Thus, a poorly made proof example, of which there are many, is often presented as a circulation strike, which is worth considerably more than a Proof.  To counter this, we recommend dealing only in certified examples, because these have been checked out and vetted by the experts at PCGS.

The extremely low population of certified Mint State examples consists of less than two dozen that have been certified by PCGS.  Of those, only a single MS66 exists, with none finer.