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.
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 gorgeous brilliant proof with problem-free surfaces and strong contrast between the deep mirrored fields and the frosted design elements.
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.
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.
CAC. Nice flashy white luster with strong cameo contrast and nearly flawless surfaces. From a modest proof mintage of 700 coins.
Well struck with crisp brilliant luster. A tough date in mint state.
An amazing brilliant proof Shield Nickel with heavily frosted white design features sitting atop jet-black deep mirrored fields. Wonderful eye appeal!
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.