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.
A solid strike with brilliant mint luster.
No Rays. Sharply struck with satiny mint luster.
CAC. Needle-sharp strike with attractive brilliant surfaces. Just 600 minted.
A nice brilliant proof. Outstanding for the grade.
4.8 million minted yet surprisingly scarce in high grade. This example has super flashy white luster and a great strike. PCGS has graded 3 in 66+ and none finer.
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.
Well struck with vibrant luster and pleasing problem-free surfaces. Just 950 minted.
A beautiful Premium Gem with great cameo contrast and nearly flawless blast white surfaces.
CAC. Closed 3. Considerably scarcer than the 'Open 3' variety. This is one of the finest graded examples with crisp brilliant luster and a sharp strike. Only 4 have been graded finer at PCGS.
Closed 3. Highly reflective and brilliant deep proof fields with nicely frosted design features. Outstanding eye appeal.
A very tough date in high grade with just 15 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.
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.
CAC. Beautiful deep mirror surfaces and a needle-sharp strike. Nice frost on the design produces a stunning 'cameo'.
A nice brilliant proof with frosted devices and deep mirrored fields. A proof-only date with just 2,350 minted.