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.
Blast white with beautiful cameo contrast and nearly pristine surfaces. A short-lived 'Rays' sub-type. Just 600 minted.
Lustrous nickel-gray surfaces and a sharp strike. None have graded numerically finer at PCGS.
CAC. 4.8 million minted yet surprisingly scarce in high grade. This example has strong luster and a great strike. PCGS has graded 8 in 66+ and none finer.
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.
Sharply struck with rich brilliant luster and no significant marks. The terminal obverse die state shows dramatic die breaks.
Intense blazing luster over essentially flawless surfaces with frosted design features and beautiful subtle pastel hues. Super quality with just a single 67+ Cameo grading finer at PCGS.
Closed 3. Doubled Die Obverse. VP-012.
CAC. Outstanding for the grade with beautiful silky smooth surfaces and a sharp strike. Very few have garnered CAC approval.
CAC. Blazing nickel-white luster with nearly perfect surfaces and strong cameo contrast.
Sharply struck and very flashy with bright deep mirrored surfaces that have subtle hues of rose and ice-blue.
Nearly flawless nickel-white surfaces with frosted devices and deep mirrored fields.