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.
Well struck and lustrous. The 'Rays' type was short-lived and a tough find in this high of grade.
Rich frosty surfaces. A couple of obverse die cracks add an interesting touch.
A gorgeous with Rays Shield Nickel exhibiting rich mint luster, pristine mark-free surfaces, and a solid strike. Zero coins have graded higher at PCGS or NGC!
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. This beautiful Premium Gem is tied for the finest graded with none graded higher at PCGS or NGC!
This first year, with Rays, Shield Nickel has a Proof mintage of just 600 coins. 'Rays' Nickels were also made at the beginning of 1867 but only 25 proofs were struck. This coin exhibits beautiful, highly reflective mirror surfaces with a nice light golden-green hue and frosted devices. There are no significant marks on this Premium Gem and the overall eye appeal is outstanding. Only 3 coins have graded higher at PCGS.
Sharp strike and very attractive.
No Rays. Super quality with rich, highly reflective surfaces and no significant abrasions. Fantastic eye appeal and tied for the finest graded at either NGC or PCGS!
CAC approved. Faint yellow-gold toning enhances the eye appeal of this premium quality Gem. Only 600 proofs minted in 1868 and this beauty is tied for the finest graded at PCGS!
Brilliant mirrored surfaces that with a lite golden hue. Only 1 grades higher at PCGS.
CAC approved. Beautiful blazing white luster and a nearly flawless Gem! Tied for finest graded at PCGS.
Open 3. Well struck and plenty of rich white luster.
CAC approved. Shield holder. Stunning blast white surfaces with pleasant cameo contrast on the devices. Only 5 grade higher at PCGS.
CAC. Only 2350 minted in this proof-only year.
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.
A fantastic blast white gem!
CAC approved. Blazing mint luster with nice smooth surfaces and a great strike.
CAC approved. The only 65+ coin graded at PCGS or NGC. This beauty is well struck and virtually mark-free. The luster is radiant with just a touch of a golden hue to attest to its originality.
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 extrememly flashy mint luster to go along with a super sharp strike and nearly perfect surfaces. A truly amazing shield nickel!