U.S. Coin Price Guide

Shield & Liberty Nickels

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Please Note: Grading Shield and Liberty Nickels is a subjective matter that takes years of experience to do correctly. In most cases raw or un-graded coins are usually over graded by the individual owner. Try to be realistic and understand that grading is only a means to quantify or evaluate the worth of a coin. The grading company used to grade a coin is very important and there are only two that have the highest reputation in the numismatic industry, NGC and PCGS. See: Rating Coin Grading Services. Also note that coins within a specific grade can be a plus or minus of that grade also increasing or decreasing value. There can also be mirrored fields which can increase the value significantly as in Proof-Like (PL) and Deep Mirror Proof Like (DMPL). Mintage and popularity can also factor into consideration when accessing the overall worth of a coin. Please remember that there are at least three values of a coin; the Price the owner thinks his coin is worth, the Value a Coin Price Guide Book or a Pricing Guide lists it at and then most importantly, the Actual Price that you can sell it for to a dealer, buyer, or at an auction.

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PCGS Coins

NGC Coins

Shield Five Cents
1866-1883
Regular Strikes

Description G F EF AU 60 63 64 65 66 67
1866 With Rays 29 52 170 235 265 440 950 2850 7250 25000
1866/1866 With Rays Repunched Date 50 100 275 450 525 900 1750 - - -
1867 With Rays 29 52 200 300 375 525 1000 4200 13000 25000
1867 No Rays 20 30 52 88 130 200 300 800 2600 -
1868 20 30 52 88 130 200 300 800 3000 -
1869 20 30 52 88 130 200 300 800 3000 -
1870 20 30 52 88 130 200 300 1750 4500 -
1871 39 140 230 300 375 575 825 2300 5400 -
1872 20 30 52 88 130 200 400 1750 7000 -
1873 Open 3 20 30 52 88 130 200 300 2400 4500 -
1873 Closed 3 24 50 125 225 300 455 800 3000 5500 -
1873 Open 3 Large/Small 3 - - - 1500 - - - - - -
1874 20 40 85 130 200 295 455 1450 3750 -
1875 24 50 125 175 265 390 475 2200 4000 -
1876 24 45 115 160 215 250 350 2000 4500 -
1879 230 575 750 850 1000 1300 1550 2000 4500 -
1880 350 800 1750 3000 4500 8000 25000 55000 87500 -
1881 130 525 700 875 1150 1350 1550 2000 4000 8000
1882 20 30 52 88 130 200 300 800 1650 7500
1883 Shield 20 30 52 88 130 200 300 800 1650 7500
1883/2 Shield 79 350 675 850 1150 1350 1750 4250 7000 -


Shield Five Cents 1866-1883 Proofs (PR, PF)

Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1866 Rays   1450 1950 2750 4500 6500 25000
1866 Rays Cameo - 2150 2950 5100 8000 27500
1866 Rays Deep Cameo - 2300 3250 6000 10000 32500
1867 Rays   - 30000 48000 75000 110000 -
1867 Rays Cameo - - 52500 87500 115000 -
1867 No Rays   180 500 1000 3250 4750 -
1867 No Rays Cameo - 550 1100 3500 7000 -
1868   180 320 410 1700 3000 -
1868 Cameo - 325 425 1850 3400 -
1868 Deep Cameo - - - 3500 7500 -
1869   180 320 410 1250 2100 4000
1869 Cameo - 325 425 1400 3000 8500
1870   180 320 410 1550 3000 -
1870 Cameo - 325 425 1750 5000 -
1871   180 350 500 1200 1850 -
1871 Cameo - 400 600 1400 2500 -
1872   180 320 410 675 1500 5000
1872 Cameo - 325 425 750 2500 7500
1873 Closed 3   180 320 410 675 1875 5500
1873 Closed 3 Cameo - 325 425 750 2000 -
1874   180 320 650 1125 1500 4500
1874 Cameo - 325 850 1300 2250 -
1874 Deep Cameo - - - 2500 5000 -
1875   180 320 1000 1900 3500 -
1875 Cameo - 325 1250 2200 5000 -
1876   180 340 450 1050 1575 7500
Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1876 Cameo - 325 450 1150 1700 10000
1876 Deep Cameo - - - 2500 5000 12500
1877   2100 2700 3200 4200 5450 12500
1877 Cameo - 2800 3600 4750 6250 13500
1878   850 1300 1550 2000 2500 3500
1878 Cameo - 1400 1650 2200 2750 6000
1878 Deep Cameo - - 1800 4000 7000 10000
1879   350 385 475 950 1500 2750
1879 Cameo - 400 500 1150 2000 7000
1879/8   180 320 600 950 1300 2500
1879/8 Cameo - 325 650 1000 1400 3000
1880   180 320 400 675 1050 2500
1880 Cameo - 325 425 750 1200 3000
1880 Deep Cameo - 350 600 1500 2500 6000
1881   180 320 410 675 1050 2500
1881 Cameo - 325 425 750 1200 3000
1882   180 320 410 675 1050 2500
1882 Cameo - 325 425 750 1200 3000
1882 Deep Cameo - 350 600 1500 2500 6000
1883 Shield   180 320 410 675 1050 2500
1883 Shield Cameo - 325 425 750 1200 3000


Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912
Regular Strikes

PCGS Coins

NGC Coins

Description G F EF AU 60 63 64 65 66 67
1883 No CENTS 8 10 12 17 28 45 75 290 975 5000
1883 With CENTS 15 27 70 95 125 165 290 1000 2500 25000
1884 17 27 70 100 160 225 340 2450 5500 -
1885 550 925 1450 1800 2200 2450 4000 9500 17500 55000
1886 230 415 750 900 1100 1500 2500 8900 20000 -
1887 13 26 65 85 110 170 350 1450 6200 -
1888 25 45 125 165 210 270 400 2000 9000 -
1889 4 18 40 69 112 165 290 1400 6000 -
1890 5 18 40 75 130 175 345 2000 7000 -
1891 5 13 38 69 130 165 290 1500 6500 -
1892 5 14 40 78 120 150 290 1800 9000 -
1893 4 14 37 65 100 140 290 1700 9000 -
1894 8 55 156 176 225 280 550 1600 4200 -
1895 3 15 41 78 115 200 500 3000 9500 -
1896 5 19 46 78 125 200 350 2750 14500 -
1897 - - 32 60 78 135 290 1800 8000 16500
1898 - - 32 60 78 135 290 1460 4750 15000
1899 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 1800 14500
1900 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 1800 8500
1901 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 2500 15000
1902 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 1800 8500
1903 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 1800 8500
1904 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 1800 -
1905 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 1800 -
1906 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 6000 -
1907 - - 32 60 78 135 280 1450 4750 -
1908 - - 32 60 78 135 280 1350 7200 -
1909 - - 32 60 78 135 280 1150 4000 -
1910 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 4000 15000
1911 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 1800 15000
1912 - - 32 60 78 135 280 900 4350 -
1912-D - 17 80 165 240 375 650 2500 6250 -
1912-S 140 300 875 1550 1900 2500 3700 8000 20000 -

Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1913 Proofs (PR, PF)

Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1883 No CENTS   190 285 425 1150 1700 6500
1883 No CENTS Cameo - 300 450 1400 2150 7500
1883 No CENTS Deep Cameo - 350 550 1850 3000 11500
1883 With CENTS   125 190 290 600 900 3000
1883 With CENTS Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 6000
1883 With CENTS Deep Cameo - - - 3500 - -
1884   125 190 290 600 950 -
1884 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 5500
1884 Deep Cameo - 250 500 2000 5000 -
1885   850 1100 1400 1800 2300 4500
1885 Cameo - 1200 1500 2000 2500 5500
1885 Deep Cameo - 1300 1800 2500 5000 -
1886   475 575 750 950 1500 2800
1886 Cameo - 625 850 1100 2500 4500
1887   125 190 290 600 900 3000
1887 Cameo - 210 350 900 1800 4000
1888   125 190 290 600 950 2400
1889   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1889 Cameo - 600 1200 4000 6250 10000
1890   125 190 290 680 1125 -
1890 Cameo - 210 320 725 3500 -
1890 Deep Cameo - 250 500 - - -
1891   125 190 290 600 975 -
1891 Cameo - 210 320 800 1500 3500
1891 Deep Cameo - 250 450 2000 6500 -
1892   125 190 290 600 1025 -
Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1892 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 -
1893   125 190 290 600 900 -
1893 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1893 Deep Cameo - - - - - 8000
1894   125 190 290 600 2250 4000
1894 Cameo - 210 350 900 2500 4750
1895   125 190 290 675 1125 3500
1895 Cameo - 210 350 900 1700 4000
1896   125 190 290 685 1125 2750
1896 Cameo - 210 320 775 1650 4000
1897   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1897 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 3000
1897 Deep Cameo - - - 2500 5000 7500
1898   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1898 Cameo - 210 320 725 1450 3000
1898 Deep Cameo - - - 1500 - -
1899   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1899 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1900   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1900 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1901   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1901 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1901 Deep Cameo - 230 375 1250 2000 4000
1902   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1902 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1903   125 190 290 600 900 2400
Description   60 63 64 65 66 67
1903 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1904   125 190 290 600 900 3500
1904 Cameo - 220 375 1000 2500 -
1905   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1905 Cameo - 220 350 850 2500 -
1906   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1906 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1907   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1907 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1908   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1908 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1909   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1909 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1909 Deep Cameo - 230 375 1250 2000 -
1910   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1910 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1911   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1911 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1912   125 190 290 600 900 2400
1912 Cameo - 210 320 725 1350 2850
1913 Liberty   - 2500000 3000000 3500000 4000000 -
FYI: Rare coins have historically protected or preserved wealth as strong inflation fighters, particularly in countries whose paper currency has been severely weakened. Any time our paper money is threatened, rare coins can protect wealth much like an investment in gold bullion. The beauty of rare coins can be enjoyed much like any other work of art. They are also a very private form of investment not subject to government scrutiny common to other types of investments held in banks and by brokerage houses. Rare coins are easy to store and are virtually indestructible. They are also insurable. Rare coins represent truly portable wealth which can be moved from place to place very quickly and easily. If you intend to buy rare or bullion coins for investment, your best protection is to spend time learning about the coins you are being asked to buy. In the past, most investment gains have gone to collectors, often known as numismatists, who have taken the time to carefully study various aspects of coins, including rarity, grading, market availability, and price trends. Investment success over the years is the result of prudently acquiring coins of selected quality, proven rarity, and established numismatic desirability. Many careful buyers study coins for some time before buying even a single coin. Success also can be enhanced by researching dealers, as well as coins.

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