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 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. A beautiful Premium Gem with none grading numerically higher at PCGS or NGC.
A beautiful short-lived 'Rays' Shield Nickel. 600 minted in 1866 and just 25 at the start of 1867 before the 'Rays' were removed from the design. This example is beautiful with very deep mirrored fields and a dusting of peach and gold. The frost on the design offers a nice contrast to the fields. Only 3 have graded finer at PCGS.
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!
Blast white and well struck with strong eye appeal. A tough date in this lofty grade with just 2 grading higher at NGC.
CAC. Well struck with crisp brilliant luster and outstanding eye appeal.
CAC. Vibrant original brilliant luster and a solid strike. None have graded numerically finer at PCGS.
A brilliant Gem with nice cameo contrast.
Closed 3. A well struck Premium Gem with nice brilliant surfaces.
Nice flashy bright luster and a sharp strike. Very nearly a Gem.
Razor sharp detail with deep mirrored fields. Only 700 proofs minted.
CAC. Stunning blast white surfaces with heavy frost on the design elements. The surfaces are virtually flawless and the eye appeal is spectacular!
This beautiful Premium Gem has sharp detail with highly reflective fields and lightly frosted devices. Just a wisp of a champagne hue with no noticeable contact marks or carbon. A proof-only date and the 'key' to the series.
A beautiful Premium Gem Proof with brilliant mirrored fields and frosted design features. A proof-only date and the 'key' to the Shield Nickel series.
CAC. An extra special example of this rare proof-only date with deeper mirrors than usually seen, heavier frost than typical, a needle-sharp strike, and outstanding eye appeal.
Crisp brilliant luster and a sharp strike. A proof-only year with a mintage of 2,350.
CAC. Flashy brilliant luster and a great strike with no significant marks or spots. A gorgeous example of this scarce proof-only date.
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.