1866 Shield Nickel with Rays - The 1866 Shield Nickel with Rays is unique on two fronts. It is the first year of issue of the Shield Nickel and it was the first five-cent coins produced in Nickel in the United States. The obverse dons a shield based on the coat of arms from the Great Seal of the United States. The reverse depicts the denomination encircled by 13 stars for the original colonies. Buy this one of a kind coin today and own history in the palm of your hands.