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

1879/8 5C (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

CLOSEUP OF OVERDATE

PCGS PR67+
PCGS #:
3834
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
3,200
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$23,000 • PCGS PR69 • 1-4-2000 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 12 / 18 TIE 14 / 20 TIE
60 or Better 950 R-5.1 11 / 18 TIE 13 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 13 / 18 15 / 20
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:5533 - Joseph O' Connor, sold privately on May 16, 2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98144, $8,812.50

2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:5533 - Joseph O' Connor, sold privately on May 16, 2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98144, $8,812.50

2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
8 PR67 PCGS grade
8 PR67 PCGS grade
8 PR67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1879 Shield Nickels can be found with a normal date, a tripled date, and an 1879/8 overdate.  The overdate looks less like a 9/8 than it does a 9 with raised metal within the loops of the 9.  However, Breen, in his observation, said "Forms a small minority of the proofs", but the PCGS Population Report dispels this assertion.  PCGS shows populations (as of June 2011) of 466 of the "normal" 1879 Proof Nickels and 490 of the 1879/8 Proof Nickels.  The finest example is a single PCGS PR-69, the only Proof Shield Nickel (of any date!) to have earned this lofty grade.