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.
CAC. A great looking example of this start-lived 'Rays' type with a solid strike and nice untoned lustrous surfaces.
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!
Well detailed and nearly XF.
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!
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.
CAC approved. Shield holder. Stunning blast white surfaces with pleasant cameo contrast on the devices. Only 5 grade higher at PCGS.
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. A brilliant Premium Gem example of this 'key' proof-only date. Highly sought after by collectors as the total mintage was just 510 coins. This one has exceptional eye appeal.
A seldom-seen circulated example of this scarce proof-only date.
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!
Incredibly intense blast white surfaces give this Premium Gem amazing eye appeal. Only 68,000 business strikes minted with proofs accounting for most of the high grade examples of the date.
Superb with just a touch of golden toning.
A fantastic blast white gem!
CAC. A gorgeous proof with problem-free surfaces and deep reflective fields.
CAC approved. The only 65+ coin graded at PCGS or NGC. This beauty is well struck and virtually mark-free. The luster is radiant with just a touch of a golden hue to attest to its originality.