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. A beautiful Premium Gem with none grading numerically higher at PCGS or NGC.
Well struck with rich lustrous surfaces that have a soft golden hue. Very nice.
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!
CAC. Well struck with crisp brilliant luster and outstanding eye appeal.
A brilliant Gem with nice cameo contrast.
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. Stunning blast white surfaces with heavy frost on the design elements. The surfaces are virtually flawless and the eye appeal is spectacular!
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. An extra special example of this rare proof-only date with deeper mirrors than usually seen, heavier frost than typical, a needle-sharp strike, and outstanding eye appeal.
Crisp brilliant luster and a sharp strike. A proof-only year with a mintage of 2,350.
CAC. Flashy brilliant luster and a great strike with no significant marks or spots. A gorgeous example of this scarce proof-only date.
A very attractive brilliant proof that seems very conservatively graded. In a first generation holder.
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.
Sharply struck with nice problem-free reflective surfaces. Nice flashy brilliance with a light gold hue.