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 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.
An above average strike with bright flashy surfaces.
CAC. Extremely well struck for an issue that is plagued with soft strikes. The surfaces are devoid of marks and spots with satiny nickel-gray luster.
CAC. Attractive nickel-gray surfaces exhibit subtle blue-gold tints, nice mirrors and a razor-sharp strike. A mintage of only 600 pieces.
No Rays. Brilliant white mirrored surfaces exhibit light gold highlights and a razor sharp strike. A mintage of only 600.
A beautiful blend of iridescent gold and ice-blue rests upon strong mirrors with a clean look. A mintage of only 600 and only a single 'cameo' has graded numerically finer at PCGS.
Super flashy and free of significant marks and spots with a gorgeous light iridescent green, rose, and gold patina. Just 600 minted.
A very pretty Gem Proof with flashy surfaces and delicate pastel hues of blue, pink, and gold.
Flashy nickel-white surfaces with flashy luster and a sharp strike.
CAC. Closed 3. Impeccably preserved with bright mirrored fields and modestly frosted design features.
CAC. Brilliant nickel-white surfaces with excellent luster, a razor-sharp strike, and a fleck-free appearance.
CAC. Rich brilliant luster and a needle-sharp strike with frosted design features and flawless surfaces.
CAC. Blazing luster and a needle-sharp strike with beautiful untoned surfaces that are nearly perfect! Just 700 proofs minted.
Sharply struck with deep mirrored surfaces and a light dusting of ice-blue and light golden hues.
CAC. Blast white with deeply mirrored fields and frosty design features. A proof-only date with just 900 minted.
Very close to mint state with lustrous surfaces and bold detail. Just 68,000 minted.
Flashy satiny white luster and a very sharp strike. A better date in all grades as only 68,800 were struck. Just 6 coins have graded numerically finer at PCGS.
CAC. Attractive surfaces that exhibit pleasing reflection, a clean look, and a razor-sharp strike. A popular proof as only 68,800 business strikes were minted and mint state examples are scarcer and pricier. Excellent quality and value.