1866 5c PR With Rays

Mintage: 600

1867 5c PR With Rays

Mintage: 25

1867 5c PR No Rays

Mintage: 600

1867 5c PR CAM No Rays

Mintage: 600

1868 5c PR

Mintage: 600

1868 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1868 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

1869 5c PR

Mintage: 600

1869 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1869 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

1870 5c PR

Mintage: 1,000

1870 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 1,000

1870 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,000

1871 5c PR

Mintage: 960

1871 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 960

1871 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 960

1872 5c PR

Mintage: 950

1872 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 950

1872 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 950

1873 5c PR Closed 3

Mintage: 950

1874 5c PR

Mintage: 700

1874 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 700

1874 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 700

1875 5c PR

Mintage: 700

1875 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 700

1875 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 700

1876 5c PR

Mintage: 1,150

1876 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 1,150

1876 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,150

1877 5c PR

Mintage: 510

1877 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 510

1877 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 510

1878 5c PR

Mintage: 2,350

1878 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 2,350

1878 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 2,350

1879 5c PR

Mintage: 3,200

1879 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,200

1879 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,200

1879/8 5c PR

Mintage: 3,200

1879/8 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,200

1879/8 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,200

1880 5c PR

Mintage: 3,955

1880 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,955

1880 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,955

1881 5c PR

Mintage: 3,575

1881 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,575

1881 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,575

1882 5c PR

Mintage: 3,100

1882 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,100

1882 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,100

1883 Shield 5c PR

Mintage: 5,419

1883 Shield 5c PR CAM

Mintage: 5,419

1883 Shield 5c PR DCAM

Mintage: 5,419

Series Overview

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.