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.
Rich frosty surfaces. A couple of obverse die cracks add an interesting touch.
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!
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!
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.
Sharp strike and very attractive.
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!
Well struck with silky luster and beautiful, nearly mark-free surfaces.
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!
Brilliant mirrored surfaces that with a lite golden hue. Only 1 grades higher at PCGS.
CAC approved. Beautiful blazing white luster and a nearly flawless Gem! Tied for finest graded at PCGS.
Open 3. Well struck and plenty of rich white luster.
A beautiful blast white Gem with a solid strike and minimal abrasions. Only 8 graded higher at PCGS.
CAC approved. Shield holder. Stunning blast white surfaces with pleasant cameo contrast on the devices. Only 5 grade higher at PCGS.
A gorgeous coin with deep mirrored surfaces and contrasting frost on the devices. A Premium Gem that is virtually flawless and has a warm, faint golden glow. Very nice!
A very high quality example of this rare date with pristine mirrored surfaces that exhibit an attractive light golden hue. This proof-only issue is the 'key' to the Shield Nickel series.
CAC approved. Blast white mirror with a delicate cameo on the devices Minimal flecking. A true beauty.
Gorgeous deep mirror, blast white surfaces contrast beautifully with the heavily frosted devices on this virtually flawless Superb Gem. A proof-only date with just over 500 minted and none have graded higher than this example at PCGS or NGC!
CAC. Only 2350 minted in this proof-only year.
Beautiful flawless deep mirrored fields. The luster is intense and mainly white although there is a nice golden-blue hue. A beautiful Superb Proof!
Just 68,000 business strikes made and a coin that is usually seen in proof. This example is very pleasing with solid detail and light nickel-gray surfaces.