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.
Lustrous nickel-white surfaces. A popular variety and the first year of 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. Beautiful rich luster and very well struck.
CAC. A pleasing brilliant proof with flashy deep mirrored fields and a needle-sharp strike. Just 600 minted.
Free of significant marks with nice mirrored surfaces that have a light champagne patina. Just 600 proofs issued.
A pleasing blast white proof with strong 'cameo' contrast.
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!
CAC. Beautifully mirrored surfaces show off attractive cameo devices. A barely visible honey tint adds depth and great eye appeal. The Shield nickel was just starting it's second year in production when the 'rays' were removed. While just over 2 million business strikes were produced (creating a scarce variety), only an estimated 25+ proofs were produced of the variety and a major rarity was created. Desirable at all levels of collecting and a true prize.
Vibrant brilliant mint luster and a solid strike.
CAC. Vibrant brilliant luster with a strong 'cameo' contrast. Just 600 proofs minted.
Attractive rich lustrous surfaces.
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.