U.S. Coin Values: Shield Nickels (Proof).
About Shield Nickel Set (20 Coins) 5c
Proof versions of the Shield nickel were struck during every year of the series run from 1866 through 1883. The Shield nickel, designed by James B. Longacre, became America?s first copper-nickel five-cent coin and is the forerunner of the nickel that we use today in commerce.
Proof Shield nickels are generally scarce, with between 600 and 3,000 pieces struck during any given year, with a few exceptions. On the high end of proof production is the 1883 proof Shield nickel, with 5,419 specimens struck. On the low side is the 1867 Rays proof Shield nickel, which saw a mintage of merely 25 pieces.
There are a few interesting notes about proof Shield nickels. The extraordinarily scarce 1867 Without Rays Pattern Reverse Shield nickel is one of the most challenging issues. The 1877 and 1878 are proof-only dates for the Shield nickel and thus trade at much higher levels due to pressure from date-set collectors.
|Coin Date:||Shield Nickel|
|Denomination:||5c / Nickel|
|Coinage Type:||Shield Nickel|
|Composition:||75% copper; 25% nickel|
|Variety:||Set (20 Coins)|
|Designer:||James B. Longacre|
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