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. Well struck with crisp brilliant luster and pleasing surfaces.
CAC. First year of issue and a very scarce, short-lived 'Rays' type. Just 600 proofs made in 1866 and 25 in 1867 with 'Rays'. This is a beautiful Gem example with a needle-sharp strike and super flashy deep mirrored fields.
Well struck with rich lustrous surfaces that have a soft golden hue. Very nice.
CAC. No Rays. Extremely well struck with rich lustrous surfaces.
CAC. A pleasing brilliant proof. Just 600 minted.
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!
Flashy brilliant mint luster with pleasing clean surfaces. Only 2 have graded numerically finer at PCGS.
CAC. Vibrant brilliant luster with a strong 'cameo' contrast. Just 600 proofs minted.
A nice brilliant proof. Outstanding for the grade.
An attractive Gem example of this low mintage proof - 600 minted.
A pleasing brilliant proof with a mintage of just 1,000 pieces.
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.
'Star' designated by NGC for superior eye appeal. This is a beautiful fully brilliant coin with deep mirrored fields contrasting against heavily frosted design features. Super quality!
Flashy brilliant surfaces and a needle-sharp strike.
CAC. Super flashy with brilliant deep mirrored fields and modest frost on the design.
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.
Closed 3. Nice brilliant proof surfaces and a sharp strike.
A very tough date in high grade with just 14 coins grading numerically finer than this nice Gem. This example has crisp brilliant mint luster and a sharp strike.