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.
CAC. Very sharply struck and nearly mark-free with untoned satiny mint luster. A very pleasing example of the short-lived 'Rays' type.
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.
A nice brilliant proof in an old first generation holder.
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. Flashy luster and nice for the grade.
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.