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 solid strike with 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. A beautiful Premium Gem with none grading numerically higher at PCGS or NGC.
No Rays. 1867/1867. Well struck with nice lustrous surfaces. An interesting variety with the date clearly doubled.
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!
No Rays. Brilliant luster with a slight touch of gold at the reverse rim.
CAC. Bright lustrous surfaces with a very faint champagne hue. The strike is needle-sharp and the surfaces show no significant marks. Only 600 proofs minted with this one being tied for the finest graded at PCGS.
CAC. Well struck with crisp brilliant luster and outstanding eye appeal.
Nice flashy bright luster and a sharp strike. Very nearly a Gem.
Razor sharp detail with deep mirrored fields. Only 700 proofs minted.
Extremely well struck with blazing mint luster and minimal abrasions. The typical die cracks are seen around the periphery of both sides and there is a very faint champagne hue.
CAC. Stunning blast white surfaces with heavy frost on the design elements. The surfaces are virtually flawless and the eye appeal is spectacular!
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. Frost on the devices contrast nicely with the mirrored fields to produce a light cameo and excellent eye appeal. A scarce proof-only date with a mintage of just 510.
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.
Sharply struck with nice problem-free reflective surfaces. Nice flashy brilliance with a light gold hue.
Well struck with vibrant mint luster and a very faint golden hue.
From the next to last year in the series and a date with over 11 million minted. This incredible example is tied for the finest graded at PCGS with 5 other coins. None have graded higher. This superb Gem shows extremely flashy mint luster to go along with a super sharp strike and nearly perfect surfaces. A truly amazing shield nickel!
Blazing mint luster with pristine deeply mirrored fields and a precise strike. Super quality and tied for the finest non-cameo graded at PCGS.