1883 Shield Nickel

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  1. RustyNickle

    RustyNickle New Member

    I was wondering if someone could help me identify how much this shield nickel is worth. I recently inherited it but have little information about it and its value. If you have any information about its history and/or its value please let me know. Thanks!
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  3. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    Greysheet: $2300
    PCGS Price Guide: $3500
    Numismedia Wholesale: $2850

    Based on the most recent auction results, Numismedia Wholesale looks to be the most accurate.
  4. thomas mozzillo

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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Very nice! A few small die chips and a nice die crack to boot. You gotta love the older coins.
  6. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Wrong link! Here’s the right one: https://www.pcgs.com/auctionprices/details/1883-shield-ms/406858

    Beautiful coin, sorry for the loss that led to it. Looks to be worth $2,500-3,500 depending on the buyer. BUT something to keep in mind: there hasn’t been a coin in this high of condition sold at auction for several years. The price could very well go up even higher. You might want to consign this to an auction house, if you are looking to sell.
  7. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Also, let’s get a closer look at that date. Make sure it’s not an 1883/2. If it is, the value jumps 5 fold.
  8. howards

    howards Shield Nickel Nut

    It's not an 1883/2. The photos are good enough to verify that.
  9. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    I posted the correct link. It was for auction prices of Liberty nickels With Cents. The link you posted was for 1883 liberty nickel without Cents. @RustyNickle posted photos of an 1883 Liberty nickel With Cents. Even though the label doesn't show it, the coin in the holder is With Cents. I'm curious to know if there is any added value because PCGS labeled it 1883 and omitted the fact it was an 1883 With Cents nickel. Would the OP benefit by having it relabeled or leave it the way it is?
    The last auction price I could find for an 1883 MS 67 Liberty nickel With Cents was in Jan. 2019 where it sold for $3,840.
    Last edited: May 21, 2019
  10. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

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  11. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    It's not a Liberty Nickel. It's a Shield Nickel.
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  12. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    1883 was a transition year for nickels. They actually minted three different nickel types that year. Two were liberty nickels and one was a shield nickel. :)
  13. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    My bad!
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  14. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    My apologies to @Seattlite86 and @ldhair. I'd say I had too much to drink but I don't drink. Have to pay more attention before posting :bag:
  15. RustyNickle

    RustyNickle New Member

    Thanks so much for the help!
  16. Santinidollar

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    That’s a killer!
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  17. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    @Seattlite86 and @ldhair Also, I would like to thank you for being pleasant in pointing out my mistake instead of jumping all over me with names like a few other (1 or 2) would do.
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  18. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Don't let it bother you. We all get off track at times. I get in a hurry sometimes and get things wrong.
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  19. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Pcgs has it at $3900 about top retail. Probably expect more along the lines of $3000-$3200. Nice coin
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  20. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Wham-blammm, thank you ma'am! That's quite the Shieldnick! :greedy:

    I had a proof 1883, once (or maybe it was an '82), but even though it was a proof it didn't have the brilliance that one does. (And it certainly wasn't a 67 grade.) In fact, it was very slightly dull.

    Man, that thing's quite the blazing supergem, ain't it. I know the "Shield" types (2c and nickels) don't get as much appreciation, but pieces like this, well... they're definitely worthy of notice. That's Registry quality, for sure!

    BTW, Numismedia puts it at $3,710 in MS67. (Oh, I see @Lehigh96 already linked up the Numismedia wholesale, which is probably more realistic.)

    Here's your PCGS cert verification page, showing it has a population of 19 in MS67, with two higher (in MS67+). Those must be a sight for sore eyes.

    Accessed from that cert page, here are the auction records for MS67 coins, which is perhaps the best way to gauge the real market value of coins of this caliber.
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