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1870 Shield Nickel XF-40 PCGS
1870 Shield Nickel XF-40 PCGS
$164.99
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
4,806,000 25
1870 Shield Nickel MS-65 NGC
1870 Shield Nickel MS-65 NGC
$1,549.00
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
4,806,000 42
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1881 Shield Nickel VF-20 NGC
1881 Shield Nickel VF-20 NGC
$499.00 $569.00
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
68,800 25
1882 Shield Nickel MS-63 PCGS
1882 Shield Nickel MS-63 PCGS
$339.99
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
11,472,900 335
1882 Shield Nickel MS-66 NGC
1882 Shield Nickel MS-66 NGC
$989.00
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
11,472,900 0
1883 Shield Nickel MS-66 NGC
1883 Shield Nickel MS-66 NGC
$1,029.00
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
1,451,500 85
1883 Shield Nickel MS-67 NGC
1883 Shield Nickel MS-67 NGC
$3,609.00
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
1,451,500 19

Shield Nickels

APMEX offers a superb selection of Shield Nickels, the first nickel five-cent piece struck. Designed by James B. Longacre, the Shield Nickel was the first nickel five-cent piece struck by the United States Mint. The coins were struck in 1866 and continued until 1883. During the first two years of their minting (1866 and 1867), the coins were struck with rays between the stars on the reverse. This design was not well received and during production in 1867, the design was changed to eliminate the rays. The design of this coin is very similar to that of the 2-Cent Pieces of that era. Another interesting fact is the 13 rays and stars on the reverse represent the 13 original colonies.

For those interested in collecting more modern American nickels, consider Jefferson Nickels. Many of these coins were produced in very large quantities, like the 1964 Jefferson Nickels - Denver, for example. Due to this, their cost is only marginally more than their face value, making this coin series an accessible way to begin collecting more recent U.S. coins.
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