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    1880 Shield Nickel, MS63
    Low-Mintage Key

    1880 5C MS63 PCGS. From a series-low business-strike mintage of 16,000 pieces, the 1880 Shield nickel is an elusive issue in all grades. The coins were not needed in the national economy of the time and Mint Director A. Louden Snowden struck a limited production run simply to satisfy collector demand. The exact number of business-strikes that have survived is open to question, as the same dies were used to strike proofs, and the two issues have often been confused over the years.

    The present coin is an attractive Select specimen with sharply detailed design elements and well-preserved surfaces that show a few scattered, minor contact marks. Vibrant mint luster radiates from both sides and a few hints of pale gold toning add to the outstanding visual appeal. Population: 5 in 63, 15 finer (7/16).
    From The James E. Blake Collection.(Registry values: N1793)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 276E, PCGS# 3810)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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