How much are my U.S. Shield Nickels worth?

About Shield Nickels

Shield nickels were struck from 1866 through 1883 and designed by James B. Longacre. These 75% copper, 25% nickel coins, the first 5-cent pieces with this composition, circulated concurrently with the physically smaller but equally denominated half dime, which also has a face value of five cents.

Generally speaking, the scarcest Shield nickels were minted from 1877 through 1881, with the 1866, 1867 Without Rays, 1868, 1869, and 1882 issues being the most commonly encountered dates across the grading spectrum. The rarest issues by date are the 1877 and 1878 Shield nickels, which are proof-only issues with a combined mintage of less than 3,000 pieces.

Shield nickel varieties include the 1867 Rays and 1867 Without Rays, with the former showcasing rays between the stars that encircle the large numeral 5 on the coin's reverse. Earlier into production that year, the rays were removed, leaving only stars around the '5.' Another set of important varieties are found on 1873 nickels with the Closed 3 and Open 3, as evidenced in the fourth numeral of the date. The 1873 Open 3 is far more common than the 1873 Closed 3. All Shield nickels were made at the Philadelphia Mint.



TYPE COIN

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Shield Nickel, Rays [Type]

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TYPE COIN

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Shield Nickel, No Rays [Type]

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18-Coin Set (no 83/2)

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1866 Rays

Mintage: 14,742,500

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1866/1866 Rays

Mintage: 14,742,500

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1867 Rays

Mintage: 2,019,000

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1867 No Rays

Mintage: 28,890,500

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1868

Mintage: 28,817,000

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1869

Mintage: 16,395,000

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1870

Mintage: 4,806,000

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1871

Mintage: 561,000

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1872

Mintage: 6,036,000

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1873 Op. 3

Mintage: 4,113,950

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1873 Op. 3, Lg/Sm 3

Mintage: 4,113,950

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1873 Cl. 3

Mintage: 436,050

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1874

Mintage: 3,538,000

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1875

Mintage: 2,097,000

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1876

Mintage: 2,530,000

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1879

Mintage: 25,900

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1880

Mintage: 16,000

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1881

Mintage: 68,800

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1882

Mintage: 11,472,900

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1883

Mintage: 1,451,500

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1883/2

Mintage: 1,451,500

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