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How much are my 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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1866-1867 With Rays 5c PR [Type]

Worth: $1,220 - $15,100
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1866-1867 With Rays 5c PR CAM [Type]

Worth: $1,440 - $18,000
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1866-1867 With Rays 5c PR DCAM [Type]

Worth: $6,880 - $48,000
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1867-1883 No Rays 5c PR [Type]

Worth: $247.00 - $8,250
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1867-1883 No Rays 5c PR CAM [Type]

Worth: $400 - $11,300
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1867-1883 No Rays 5c PR DCAM [Type]

Worth: $975 - $15,000
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Shield Nickel Set (20 Coins) 5c PR

Worth: $30,100 - $101,800
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1866 With Rays 5c PR

Worth: $1,220 - $15,100
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1866 With Rays 5c PR CAM

Worth: $1,440 - $18,000
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1866 With Rays 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $6,880 - $48,000
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1867 With Rays 5c PR

Worth: $21,600 - $72,000
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1867 With Rays 5c PR CAM

Worth: $40,800 - $86,400
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1867 No Rays 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $2,250
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1867 No Rays 5c PR CAM

Worth: $715 - $5,250
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1867 No Rays 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $2,500 - $18,600
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1867 No Rays 5c PR Pattern Reverse

Worth: $3,750 - $15,600
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1867 No Rays 5c PR CAM Pattern Reverse

Worth: $5,000 - $19,200
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1868 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $4,380
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1868 5c PR CAM

Worth: $650 - $5,250
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1868 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $6,250 - $8,130
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1869 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $4,950
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1869 5c PR CAM

Worth: $486 - $13,800
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1870 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $1,580
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1870 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $14,400
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1871 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $6,750
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1871 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $7,430
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1871 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $6,880 - $48,000
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1872 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $4,500
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1872 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $4,950
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1872 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $5,630 - $19,200
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1873 5c PR Closed 3

Worth: $247.00 - $3,600
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1873 5c PR CAM Closed 3

Worth: $437 - $8,130
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1874 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $3,900
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1874 5c PR CAM

Worth: $442 - $4,500
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1874 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $6,250 - $7,500
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1875 5c PR

Worth: $273 - $6,000
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1875 5c PR CAM

Worth: $458 - $6,600
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1876 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $3,300
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1876 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $3,630
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1876 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $3,750 - $15,000
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1877 5c PR

Worth: $1,560 - $9,380
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1877 5c PR CAM

Worth: $3,300 - $11,300
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1877 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $4,380 - $13,200
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1878 5c PR

Worth: $780 - $2,100
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1878 5c PR CAM

Worth: $1,280 - $2,120
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1878 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $3,750 - $30,000
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1879 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $8,250
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1879 5c PR CAM

Worth: $468 - $3,600
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1879 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $5,500 - $7,000
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1879/8 5c PR

Worth: $390 - $9,750
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1879/8 5c PR CAM

Worth: $472 - $2,480
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1879/8 5c PR DCAM

 
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1880 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $1,470
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1880 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $1,880
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1880 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $2,500 - $4,500
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1881 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $1,470
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1881 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $1,880
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1881 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $1,880 - $9,380
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1882 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $8,250
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1882 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $1,880
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1882 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $975 - $9,380
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1883 Shield 5c PR

Worth: $247.00 - $8,250
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1883 Shield 5c PR CAM

Worth: $400 - $1,880
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1883 Shield 5c PR DCAM

Worth: $3,750 - $4,500
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