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1878 FIVE CENTS

PCGS No: 3832

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: 2,350

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 Early American History Auctions

Notes:
1878 Shield Nickels were struck only as Proofs, but many of the coins have a satiny appearance that might confuse a collector into thinking that circulation strikes exist of this date.  In reality, this is common problem with many of the Proofs of this period, especially with Nickel coins.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 14 PR-67's.

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.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof 67.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1491, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

Proof-65.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6705, not illustrated, sold for $552.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1558

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 118, not illustrated, sold for $747.50  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6034, not plated, sold for $632.50

Proof 64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1492, not illustrated, sold for $546.00

Proof-64
- Bowers & Merena 3/2001:1382, $437.00

Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5503, not illustrated, sold for $603.75  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko 

Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 400, illustrated, sold for $633.00

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1383 sold for $437.00

Choice Brilliant Proof
- Stack's 9/2000:229, $517.50

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