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

1881 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3811
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
68,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$8,519 • PCGS MS67 • 11-8-2013 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 750 R-5.5 4 / 17 4 / 19
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 6 / 17 6 / 19
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 11 / 17 TIE 12 / 19 TIE
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Ron Guth: Demand for Nickels rose inexplicably in 1881, and to meet the demand, the Mint produced 68,800 Nickels for circulation.  Nonetheless, this was still the third lowest mintage for the entire Shield Nickel series, and this date remains scarce today.  The overall quality of this date is especially nice, and enough Mint State examples have survived that finding one will not be too difficult.  Gems are scarce, but not rare, and even a handful of MS67 examples await the collector.