How much are my U.S. Shield Nickels (Proof) worth?

About Shield Nickels (Proof)

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. Also of note is the scarce 1879/8 proof overdate, though estimates by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) suggest this variety is probably about as common, or only a little less so, than the so-called normal date.



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Shield Nickel, Rays [Type]

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Shield Nickel, Rays CAM [Type]

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Shield Nickel, No Rays [Type]

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20-Coin Set

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1866 Rays

Mintage: 600

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1866 Rays CAM

Mintage: 600

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1866 Rays DCAM

Mintage: 600

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1867 Rays

Mintage: 25

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1867 Rays CAM

Mintage: 25

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1867 No Rays

Mintage: 600

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1867 No Rays CAM

Mintage: 600

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1867 No Rays DCAM

Mintage: 600

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1867 No Rays, Pattern Rev.

Mintage: 600

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1867 No Rays, Pattern Rev. CAM

Mintage: 600

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1868

Mintage: 600

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1868 CAM

Mintage: 600

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1868 DCAM

Mintage: 600

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1869

Mintage: 600

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1869 CAM

Mintage: 600

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1870

Mintage: 1,000

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1870 CAM

Mintage: 1,000

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1871

Mintage: 960

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1871 CAM

Mintage: 960

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1871 DCAM

Mintage: 960

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1872

Mintage: 950

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1872 CAM

Mintage: 950

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1872 DCAM

Mintage: 950

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1873 Cl. 3

Mintage: 950

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1873 Cl. 3 CAM

Mintage: 950

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1874

Mintage: 700

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1874 CAM

Mintage: 700

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1874 DCAM

Mintage: 700

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1875

Mintage: 700

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1875 CAM

Mintage: 700

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1876

Mintage: 1,150

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1876 CAM

Mintage: 1,150

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1876 DCAM

Mintage: 1,150

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1877 PR Only

Mintage: 510

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1877 PR Only CAM

Mintage: 510

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1877 PR Only DCAM

Mintage: 510

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1878 PR Only

Mintage: 2,350

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1878 PR Only CAM

Mintage: 2,350

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1878 PR Only DCAM

Mintage: 2,350

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1879

Mintage: 3,200

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1879 CAM

Mintage: 3,200

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1879 DCAM

Mintage: 3,200

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1879/8 PR Only

Mintage: 3,200

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1879/8 PR Only CAM

Mintage: 3,200

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1879/8 PR Only DCAM

Mintage: 3,200

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1880

Mintage: 3,955

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1880 CAM

Mintage: 3,955

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1880 DCAM

Mintage: 3,955

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1881

Mintage: 3,575

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1881 CAM

Mintage: 3,575

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1881 DCAM

Mintage: 3,575

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1882

Mintage: 3,100

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1882 CAM

Mintage: 3,100

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1882 DCAM

Mintage: 3,100

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1883

Mintage: 5,419

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1883 CAM

Mintage: 5,419

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1883 DCAM

Mintage: 5,419

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