A survey of 19th century business strike coin
5C SHIELD, NO RAYS (1867-1883)

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: FIVE-CENT PIECES - SHIELD, NO RAYS
Item Description: 5C 1874
Full Grade: NGC MS 64
Owner: BillJones

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: Bill Jones' Type Set Excluding Modern Issues   Score: 620
A survey of 19th century business strike coin   Score: 620
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide
NGC US Coin Census for Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)

Owner Comments:

In 1867 the mint dropped the rays from the Shield nickel design. The new reverse lacked depth and was not as attractive, but the new design made the coins easier to strike and reduced die wear. The Shield Nickel would remain unchanged until 1883 when the Liberty nickel replaced it.

This 1874 Shield is sharply struck and has wonderful luster on both sides. It is a premium coin for the MS-64 grade.

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