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.
Rich frosty surfaces. A couple of obverse die cracks add an interesting touch.
Crisp white luster helps give this first year Shield Nickel outstanding eye appeal for the grade.
CAC. A great looking example of this start-lived 'Rays' type with a solid strike and nice untoned lustrous surfaces.
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.
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. No Rays. Well struck with extremely flashy brilliant luster. A single 66+ coin is the only one graded finer at PCGS with none finer at NGC.
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. Open 3. Very well struck with nearly mark-free light golden surfaces. A scarce date in Gem condition with just 9 coins graded numerically finer at PCGS.
A very attractive brilliant proof. Only 700 proofs minted and a tough date in high grade as a business strike as well.
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.
A seldom-seen circulated example of this scarce proof-only date.
Proof-only year with a mere 2,350 minted.
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.