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Rare Coins & Old U.S. Coins > Nickels > Shield Nickels : 1866-1883

Shield Nickels 1866-1883

Shield Nickels

1866-1883

The Shield nickel was designed by James B. Longacre and made possible by the Act of May 16, 1866. It had a design similar to that of the two-cent coin. In 1866 the coin was designed with rays between the stars on the reverse. Some of the pieces minted in 1867 have the same details, but later the rays were eliminated, creating two varieties for that year. There was no further change in the type until it was replaced by the Liberty Head design in 1883. Only Proof pieces were struck in 1877 and 1878.

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Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel



Shield Nickels: 1866-1883
Item #DescriptionPriceQty
3612About Good Qualityn/a 
 
5636Good Qualityn/a 
 
5637Very Good Qualityn/a 
 
5638Fine Qualityn/a 
 
5639Very Fine Qualityn/a 
 
2376Extremely Fine Qualityn/a