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.
A lovely example of the short-lived 'Rays' type with satiny mint luster and a strong strike.
CAC. Very sharply struck and nearly mark-free with untoned satiny mint luster. A very pleasing example of the short-lived 'Rays' type.
Popular first year Shield Nickel and short-lived 'with Rays' type. This is a wonderful blast white example with beautiful cameo contrast and outstanding eye appeal. Only 600 minted.
Well struck with rich lustrous surfaces that have a soft golden hue. Very nice.
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!
Intense brilliant luster with nice clean surfaces and a strong strike,.
A very flashy brilliant Gem with outstanding cameo contrast.
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.
A beautiful Gem Proof with flashy white surfaces. 960 minted.
A gorgeous brilliant proof with problem-free surfaces and strong contrast between the deep mirrored fields and the frosted design elements.
CAC. Very flashy with deep mirrored fields contrasting with frosted design features. Virtually flawless with outstanding eye appeal.
Beautiful blast white surfaces with frosted devices contrasting nicely against deep mirrored fields. No significant marks and outstanding eye appeal.
A beautiful Premium Gem with great cameo contrast and nearly flawless blast white surfaces.
A beautiful proof with super deep mirrored fields and flashy white luster.
CAC. Closed 3. A nice flashy proof that's virtually mark-free and seems very conservatively graded.
Closed 3. Highly reflective and brilliant deep proof fields with nicely frosted design features. Outstanding eye appeal.
Nice flashy bright luster and a sharp strike. Very attractive and nearly a Gem.
A very tough date in high grade with just 11 coins grading numerically finer than this nice Gem. This example has crisp brilliant mint luster and a sharp strike.
A frosted brilliant proof with a needle-sharp strike and nice clean surfaces.