1873 SHIELD 5C, OPEN 3 MS66+
LUSTEROUS GEM. TIED WITH TWO OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1873, the first Preakness Stakes horse race ran in Baltimore, Maryland. The race was named by Maryland’s governor after a colt who had just won the Dinner Party Stakes at the same venue the Preakness is held. This 1873 nickel may have been used to bet on the race’s first winning horse; Survivor.