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1880 Shield Nickel MS-66 PCGS

1880 Shield Nickel MS-66 PCGS

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MS-66

Population

The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin and grade combination.

0

Graded Higher

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0

Mintage

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16,000

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With a mintage of 16,000, the 1880 Shield Nickel is the lowest-mintage circulating U.S. Nickel ever. Due to an exceptionally low survival rate, these coins are rarely seen in MS grades and only 2 have graded 66, both at PCGS.

Coin Highlights:
  • Mintage of 16,000 business-strike coins.
  • Population of 0 coins in MS-66 with 0 graded higher.
  • PCGS encapsulation guarantees the coin’s superb gem condition.
  • Coins from the Philadelphia Mint do not feature a mintmark.


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The 1880 Shield Nickel is one of the great rarities in the regular issue series of U.S. numismatics, and the coin offered here is perhaps the finest extant example of this incredibly rare coin. This nickel is nice and lustrous, with a pleasing, natural appearance. The details throughout are fully struck, and the surfaces are pristine, with no distracting marks or significant imperfections. As a type example, this coin would be excellent, but given the date, this is a truly remarkable piece, and would be a notable addition to any collection.

In combination with its mintage of only 16,000 pieces, the survival rate of this issue is incredibly low, with less than 150 total pieces showing up in population reports for both services combined, and even this number undoubtedly includes some duplication due to resubmissions. It is believed that no more than a couple dozen pieces exist in any uncirculated grade, and only two coins are known in MS-66, both by PCGS.

Due to their much lower survival rate, the business strikes are significantly more valuable than the proofs, which were minted in relative abundance and saved by collectors in large quantity. This coin is unambiguously a business strike, as evidenced by several diagnostics that are common to business-strike examples but absent on proofs. The first "S" in "STATES" shows clear evidence of repunching, a raised area - likely due to a chip or other flaw in the die - is apparent just below the "T" in "STATES", and a small line extends into the fields from the dentils at approximately 5 o'clock on the reverse.

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Population

The total number of coins produced at a specific mint for a particular date and mintmark combination.

0
Grade MS-66
Graded Higher

The total number of coins that have obtained a higher grade than the subject coin by a particular grading service.

0
Mint Mark Not Shown - Philadelphia
Mintage

The total number of coins produced at a specific mint for a particular date and mintmark combination

16,000

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