Catalog Notes: First year of issue for both the Shield Nickel Series and for the change of the 5 cent denomination from silver to nickel (both continue together until 1873). Desirable yet very common in all existing grades up to MS66, at which point can be considered slightly scarce but still readily available. High-end examples with a strong strike are plentiful.
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Catalog Details

Coin Date: 1866
Denom: 5c / Nickel
Desg: MS
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,742,500
Coinage Type: Shield with Rays
Coinage Years: 1866-1867
Composition: 75% copper; 25% nickel
Variety 2: With Rays
Strike Type: Business
Diameter: 20.5 mm
Weight: 5 gr
Designer: James B. Longacre
Edge: Plain
Catalog #: 3790