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Obverse of 1879 Five Cents     Reverse of 1879 Five Cents


1879 FIVE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3808, 3833, 3834

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 25,900
Proofs: 3,200

Designer: James B. Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 75%
Nickel - 25%

Weight: 5 grams

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Varieties:
1879/8

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 12 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 12 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 3 PRCA-67's.

The finest Proof "1879/8" example graded by PCGS is a single PR-69.

The finest Proof Cameo "1879/8" examples graded by PCGS are 5 PRCA-67's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-67.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 401, "9 over 8",  illustrated, sold for $1,552.00

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1560, "9 over 8"

PCGS Proof 66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1493, "9 over 8", illustrated, sold for $920.00

PCGS Proof 66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1494, "9 over 8", illustrated, sold for $834.00

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1384, sold for $483.00

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7852, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1559

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1561, "9 over 8"

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 418, "1879/8", sold for $690.00

1879/8 NGC Proof 65, Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 317, plated, sold for $632.50

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 119, not illustrated, sold for $529.00  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

1879/8 Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 318, not plated, sold for $402.50

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 319, not plated, sold for $575.00

NGC MS-66, Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 320, plated, sold for $1,495.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1385, sold for $862.50

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 226, not illustrated, sold for $661.25

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