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1868 Shield Nickel AU-53 NGC
1868 Shield Nickel AU-53 NGC
$184.99
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
28,817,000 27
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1869 Shield Nickel MS-63 NGC
1869 Shield Nickel MS-63 NGC
$274.99 $299.99
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
16,395,000 89
1869 Shield Nickel MS-64 NGC
1869 Shield Nickel MS-64 NGC
$439.99
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
16,395,000 161
1869 Shield Nickel MS-65 PCGS CAC
1869 Shield Nickel MS-65 PCGS CAC
$929.00
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
16,395,000 80
1882 Shield Nickel MS-65 NGC
1882 Shield Nickel MS-65 NGC
$619.00
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
11,472,900 167
1883 Shield Nickel MS-62 PCGS
1883 Shield Nickel MS-62 PCGS
$229.99
Any Quantity
Grade Mintage Population
1,456,919 427

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.
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