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.
A gorgeous with Rays Shield Nickel exhibiting rich mint luster, pristine mark-free surfaces, and a solid strike. Zero coins have graded higher at PCGS or NGC!
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!
This first year, with Rays, Shield Nickel has a Proof mintage of just 600 coins. 'Rays' Nickels were also made at the beginning of 1867 but only 25 proofs were struck. This coin exhibits beautiful, highly reflective mirror surfaces with a nice light golden-green hue and frosted devices. There are no significant marks on this Premium Gem and the overall eye appeal is outstanding. Only 3 coins have graded higher at PCGS.
CAC. Rays. Brilliant untoned surface son this scarce short-lived 'Rays' type.
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. Well struck with pleasing surfaces.
Well struck with minimal marks and nice brilliant mint luster.
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 approved. Beautiful blazing white luster and a nearly flawless Gem! Tied for finest graded at PCGS.
Open 3. Well struck and plenty of rich white luster.
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. A beautiful untoned Gem example of this rare proof-only date. The fields are pristine and highly reflective and the overall eye appeal is outstanding.
CAC. Only 2350 minted in this proof-only year.
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.