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 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!
CAC. A very pleasing, mostly white example of this popular short-lived 'Rays' type. Only 600 minted.
Well struck with rich lustrous surfaces that have a soft golden hue. Very nice.
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!
No Rays. Brilliant luster with a slight touch of gold at the reverse rim.
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!
CAC. Well struck with crisp brilliant luster and outstanding eye appeal.
Nice flashy bright luster and a sharp strike. Very nearly a Gem.
Razor sharp detail with deep mirrored fields. Only 700 proofs minted.
Extremely well struck with blazing mint luster and minimal abrasions. The typical die cracks are seen around the periphery of both sides and there is a very faint champagne hue.
CAC approved. Shield holder. Stunning blast white surfaces with pleasant cameo contrast on the devices. Only 5 grade higher at PCGS.
Gorgeous deep mirror, blast white surfaces contrast beautifully with the heavily frosted devices on this virtually flawless Superb Gem. A proof-only date with just over 500 minted and none have graded higher than this example at PCGS or NGC!
CAC. Frost on the devices contrast nicely with the mirrored fields to produce a light cameo and excellent eye appeal. A scarce proof-only date with a mintage of just 510.
CAC. A proof-only date with a mintage of just 510, so collector demand is intense. This example is boldly struck and fully brilliant with light mint frost on the design elements. Exceptionally clean surfaces with no significant hairlines or marks to be found.
Beautiful flawless deep mirrored fields. The luster is intense and mainly white although there is a nice golden-blue hue. A beautiful Superb Proof!
CAC. Well struck with beautiful surfaces and rich mint luster. Only 68,000 minted.
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.
Sharply struck with nice problem-free reflective surfaces. Nice flashy brilliance with a light gold hue.
Well struck with vibrant mint luster and a very faint golden hue.
CAC. Sharp strike and rich brilliant luster. The surfaces have a hint of proof-like reflectivity and there are no significant marks.