Shield Nickels were designed by James Longacre and minted from 1866 to 1883. All coins were made in Philadelphia. 1877 and 1878 Shield Nickels are scarce proof-only dates.
#138362: Rich frosty surfaces. A couple of obverse die cracks add an interesting touch.
#205667: A gorgeous with Rays Shield Nickel exhibiting rich mint luster, pristine mark-free surfaces, and a solid strike. Zero coins have graded higher at PCGS or NGC!
#207159: Well detailed and an interesting late obverse die state with multiple die breaks in a wheelspoke pattern fron the rim into the main design.
#207384: A gorgeous example of this first year, with 'Rays', Shield Nickel. The surfaces are extremely lustrous with delicate champagne-gold toning. The reverse die state is particularly late with terminal die breaks that add additional interest to collectors. This beautiful Premium Gem is tied for the finest graded with none graded higher at PCGS or NGC!
#206216: Well struck with flashy mirror surfaces. A very scarce two year type with 600 proofs made in 1866 and only 25 in 1867 with Rays. Always in demand!
#207382: This first year, with Rays, Shield Nickel has a Proof mintage of just 600 coins. 'Rays' Nickels were also made at the beginning of 1867 but only 25 proofs were struck. This coin exhibits beautiful, highly reflective mirror surfaces with a nice light golden-green hue and frosted devices. There are no significant marks on this Premium Gem and the overall eye appeal is outstanding. Only 3 coins have graded higher at PCGS.
#204044: No Rays. Super quality with rich, highly reflective surfaces and no significant abrasions. Fantastic eye appeal and tied for the finest graded at either NGC or PCGS!
#202697: Well struck with silky luster and beautiful, nearly mark-free surfaces.
#206112: CAC approved. Faint yellow-gold toning enhances the eye appeal of this premium quality Gem. Only 600 proofs minted in 1868 and this beauty is tied for the finest graded at PCGS!
#206805: A nice brilliant proof with frosted devices provding nice contrast with the mirror surfaces. Proof-63 is a brutal grade for this lovely coin!
#204893: Brilliant mirrored surfaces that with a lite golden hue. Only 1 grades higher at PCGS.
#207356: Bright deep mirrored surfaces which contrast nicely with the frosted devices.
#207198: CAC approved. Beautiful blazing white luster and a nearly flawless Gem! Tied for finest graded at PCGS.
#206009: Blast white and about as flashy as a proof Shield Nickel gets! Only 700 proofs minted.
#207245: Over 3 1/2 million minted, yet surprisingly few have graded mint state. This example is well struck and lustrous with a crack in the planchet bisecting the reverse.