The Birth of the Shield Nickel (1866)
Unveiled in 1866, the Shield Nickel holds the distinction of being the first U.S. five-cent coin made from a copper-nickel alloy. This innovative coin was a result of the Coinage Act of 1866, which sought to introduce a more cost-effective and durable alternative to the half-dime silver coins. Embrace the origin story of the nickel coinage by adding a Shield Nickel to your collection.
Shield Nickel Design and Symbolism
Designed by James B. Longacre, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, the Shield Nickel boasts a distinctive design. The obverse features the United States shield, representing the strength and unity of the nation during the post-Civil War era. The reverse showcases a large numeral "5" surrounded by stars, symbolizing the coin's denomination. The Shield Nickel's design embodies America's resilience and growth during a pivotal period in history.
Varieties and Mint Marks
Our collection of Shield Nickels includes a wide range of varieties and mint marks, offering you the opportunity to enrich your numismatic collection with exceptional specimens. Among the most sought-after varieties are the 1866 Rays Shield Nickel, featuring rays between the stars on the reverse, and the 1867 No Rays Shield Nickel, which saw the rays removed for easier coin production. Additionally, you'll find coins from various U.S. Mint facilities, including the Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson City Mints. Each mint mark brings its own unique story, adding depth and intrigue to your collection.
Preserving History and Quality
We understand the importance of preserving the quality and authenticity of these historic coins. Our Shield Nickels are carefully curated, ensuring they meet the highest standards of condition and provenance. Whether you're interested in well-circulated examples or pristine, high-grade specimens, you'll find the perfect coin to suit your collecting preferences.
Discover the fascinating world of Shield Nickels and immerse yourself in the captivating stories behind these iconic five-cent pieces. Our curated collection offers a wide range of varieties, mint marks, and rarities that will delight both novice and experienced collectors alike. Begin or expand your numismatic journey with our exceptional Shield Nickels today.