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1876 Nickel Value

High 1876 nickel value shows just how scarce these coins are. Your Shield Nickel, as it is known to collectors, is a rather elusive and historically important part of the first nickels minted by the United States.

Uncirculated 1876 Nickel Value

You own a valuable coin. Now, to accurately find out how much it is worth...

After the date is determined - condition - is what collectors and dealers turn their attention to as they value coins.

Known as "Grading" judging the amount of wear by comparing your coin to the "Grading" images below determines a true value. Each stage of wear is valued separately and the chart often shows a doubling of price for better preserved coins.

For example: The "Uncirculated" 1876 Nickel pictured is an outstanding high grade coin, and worth $160 or more.

1876 Nickel Value
 Condition of Coin
  1876 Nickel Value Updated 2023
1876 $32 $69 $124 $181

1876 Nickel Value is Conditional

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Your old nickel values often span a wide range depending on condition. The grading descriptions and images indicate major points of the coin design to observe as you evaluate the condition of your old nickel.

1876 Nickel Uncirculated Condition

Uncirculated: Radiating with the shine of a new coin, mint luster is still present over the entire surface. An uncirculated coin shows no signs of wear. If wear is present, breaks in luster occur on the Cross, the leaves, and frame surrounding the Shield.

1876 Shield Nickel Extremely Fine Condition

Extremely Fine: Although lightly worn, a coin in this condition is still well received by collectors. Typical of the grade is slight wear on the tips of the leaves and upper part of the cross above the shield, both remain bold however. The many fine outlining and scrolling details of the shield border show signs of wear and obscuring. Within the shield itself, fine horizontal and vertical lines show wear causing a few to merge. On the reverse the stars are well defined with lines radiating from the centers.

Shield Nickel Fine Condition

Fine: Most of the minor details have worn away on a coin in Fine condition. The interior details of the leaves, the outlining of the cross and most of the shield's finer design has worn and merged. On the reverse the stars are worn smooth and the lettering is becoming weak.

Shield Nickel Good Condition

Good: In "Good" condition your 1876 nickel value is at the low end of the range. The design is worn to the point just the outlines of the major details show. The date although very weak is readable. However the lettering has begun to merge with the rim and themselves. The shield, leaves, and cross are only flattened outlines with no center details. The numeral "5" on the reverse is very weak and often missing in parts. Lettering and stars on the reverse are heavily worn and becoming faint.

High 1876 Nickel Value

Shield Nickels carefully handled and well preserved since minted are avidly sought today by collectors wishing to add them to their collections. Coins in this condition, no wear, lustrous, with few abrasions are rare and selling coins at auction often brings strong prices.

Rare 1876 Nickel Value

The 1876 Shield nickel marked "Choice Uncirculated" above in fact sold for the least amount of the rest pictured, $368. Beautiful in luster and color, however just a few abrasions knocked it out of the Gem category.

Spared any contact with other coins the center piece is a well struck gem. Bidding at a David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction finally stopped at $1550. Nice luster topped with subtle toning in shades of yellow and blue sparked bidding competition.

When you first see it, the "Superior Gem" is stunning. It is a great looking Shield nickel. Under a magnifying glass the surfaces are virtually flawless. Now it becomes something very special. Few coins have been preserved as nice. A great coin destined for a great collection, bidding drove the price to… $6657. Excellent color, excellent surfaces, excellent strike, it has it all.

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