Rare 1868 Shield Nickel Five-Cent Piece XF+
Description: A nice very rare extremely fine or better copper-nickel 1868 Shield Nickel or Five-Cent piece. The coin itself is better than the scan shows and has very fine details. The date is very readable and the motto is also clear and stands out. The coin has minimum wear to the rim especially on the reverse. It shows minimum wear to the leaves on the obverse as well as the shield with most shield lines being visible. The coin has wear commensurate with its age and circulated status. The coin is truly beautiful and has good eye appeal. These coins were designed by James Longacre. Early US coins such as this are gradually getting difficult to find. Please view scan as it is part and parcel of our description.
Mint: Philadelphia (all of these coins were coined at the Philadelphia Mint).
Size and Weight: 5 grams of a 75% 25 copper-25%25 Nickel alloy and is ~20.5 mm in diameter. The coin has the plain edge design.
References: Page 125 in "2010 US Coin R. S. Yeoman (The Official Red Book), 63rd edition, Kenneth Bressett, editor, Published by Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, GA." Page 72 in "2011 US Coin Digest, David Harper Editor and Henry Miller Market Analyst, 9th Edition, Krause Publication, Iola, WI."
Condition: I would grade this coin as a nice extremely fine or better. The coin has wear commensurate with its age. The coin is problem free and is very nice. A definite quality and rare coin. Please see photo to appreciate condition and beauty of the coin.
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