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Obverse of 1866 Five Cents     Reverse of 1866 Five Cents


1866 FIVE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3790, 3817

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 14,742,500
Proofs: est. 500

Designer: James B. Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 75%
Nickel - 25%

Weight: 5 grams

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7842, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1546

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex -
Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach Sale", February 7-8, 2000, Lot 98

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 125, sold for $1,840.00

Proof-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5463, not plated, sold for $1,495.00

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 102, illustrated, sold for $1,552.50  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 412, sold for $5,405.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7840, illustrated, sold for $5,635.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 220, sold for $2,300.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 223, illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6025, not plated, sold for $603.75

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1483, not illustrated, sold for $632.00

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 413, sold for $506.00  From the sale of the River Oakes and C.W. Krugjohann Collections, November 2976, Lot 463

NGC MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6024, not plated, sold for $270.25

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1368, sold for $322.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1369, sold for $299.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 221, sold for $276.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 393, not illustrated, sold for $253.00

Notes:
All Proof 1866 Shield Nickels have tiny center dots on both sides, thus distinguishing them from circulation strikes.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 19 MS-66's.

The finest Uncirculated "1866/1866" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-67's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service