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.
Rays. Blast nickel-white and a sharp strike with choice surfaces. Popular as a short-lived sub-type. Just 600 minted.
Blast white with beautiful cameo contrast and nearly pristine surfaces. A short-lived 'Rays' sub-type. Just 600 minted.
Popular first year and short lived 'Rays' type. A rainbow of gold, green and fuchsia hues blend across nicely mirrored surfaces. Very scarce and desirable with only 600 minted. Housed in a classic old 'fat boy' holder.
CAC. Flashy brilliant surfaces with nicely frosted design features. Excellent eye appeal.
Rays. Blast nickel-white and a sharp strike with excellent eye appeal. Very popular as the 'Rays' sub-type was short-lived.
Very flashy and brilliant with strong cameo contrast.
A better date with a modest mintage for the series at 561,000. This is a beautiful Gem with a great strike and vibrant luster displaying subtle hues of green and gold.
Blazing bright nickel-white surfaces with heavily frosted design features and a nice cameo effect.
Intense blazing luster over essentially flawless surfaces with frosted desighn features and beautiful subtle pastel hues. Super quality with just a single 67+ Cameo grading finer at PCGS.
Sharply struck with no significant marks and vibrant satiny luster.
Well struck with satiny brilliant luster and no significant marks. A single MS-67 is the finest graded at PCGS.
CAC. Rich brilliant luster and a needle-sharp strike with frosted design features and flawless surfaces.