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.
Lovely white surfaces exhibit design elements with a nice cameo effect. A popular first year issue
An attractive brilliant proof with deep mirrors and a bold strike. Popular and short-lived 'Rays' type. Just 600 minted.
Well struck with crisp brilliant luster.
Well struck with rich lustrous surfaces that have a soft golden hue. Very nice.
Very flashy with bright lustrous surfaces and a sharp strike.
CAC. A pleasing brilliant proof with flashy deep mirrored fields and a needle-sharp strike. Just 600 minted.
No Rays. Beautiful highly reflective mirrored surfaces with intense luster and faint iridescent hues of ice-blue and gold. Mark-free and simply fantastic quality!
Well struck with rich lustrous surfaces. Very nice for the grade.
Vibrant brilliant mint luster and a solid strike.
CAC. A better proof with a mintage of 600. This is a high quality brilliant example with frosted design features that create a strong cameo effect.
Flashy white luster and a sharp strike.
Brilliant and lustrous well struck surfaces.
Satiny nickel-white luster and a sharp strike with very clean surfaces. 2 have graded 66+ at PCGS, but none have graded numerically finer than this Premium Gem.
An attractive Gem example of this low mintage proof - 600 minted.
CAC. A beautiful Premium Proof that is very sharply struck with brilliant surfaces. The design features are nicely frosted and the fields are very deeply mirrored.
Well struck with vibrant luster and pleasing problem-free surfaces. Just 950 minted.
A beautiful Premium Gem with great cameo contrast and nearly flawless blast white surfaces.
Closed 3. Brilliant mirrored surfaces are highlighted with a bit of cameo. Only 5 coins grade higher at NGC.