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1877 FIVE CENTS

PCGS No: 3831

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: est. 510

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

Notes:
Because this date was struck only in Proof condition and because the mintage was so low, the 1877 Shield Nickel has always been regarded as one of the keys to the series.

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

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

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7851, illustrated, sold for $3,105.00

Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 115, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1557

PCGS Proof 65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1490, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 399, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

NGC Proof-65. Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 116, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00  

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 117, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS Proof-65
American Numismatic Rarities
7/2003:293, $3,220.00

"Proof-65"
- Eliasberg
- Superior 2/2000:104, $2,185.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 228, $1,207.50

Proof-60 Polished.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5176, not illustrated, sold for $948.75

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