Shield Nickels

(1866-1883)

Union and Confederate guns fell silent in April 1865, but the civilian population was slow to give up certain behavior acquired during the four years of bloody civil war. No one in the North felt especially charitable toward the South, and few seriously considered rebuilding what industry had existed there before the outbreak of hostilities in 1861.

Specie payments had been suspended by the government in 1862 and peace had not seen the return of silver or gold coins to circulation. Citizens continued to hoard all forms of coinage that contained precious metal, and even copper-nickel cents were set aside for their limited intrinsic value.

During the war the federal government issued series after series of fractional currency. These “shinplasters,” as they were known, rapidly soiled in circulation and were despised by the public. When yet another five-cent i.... (Expand Text)

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1867 SHIELD 5C, RAYS MS66

WITH RAYS. VERY FLASHY. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$7,250.00

1867 SHIELD 5C, RAYS, WITH PR65 Cameo

WITH RAYS. GEM CAMEO. ESTIMATED 25 STRUCK. CAC.
$62,500.00

1867 SHIELD 5C, RAYS, WITH PR65 Cameo

WITH RAYS. VERY FLASHY CAMEO. ESTIMATED MINTAGE OF ONLY 25.
$43,500.00

1869 SHIELD 5C MS66

GEM SATIN WHITE SURFACES. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$3,750.00

1869 SHIELD 5C MS67

GEM SATIN LUSTER. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$7,950.00

1873 SHIELD 5C, OPEN 3 MS66

OPEN 3. A SATIN GEM. JUST 3 GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$5,950.00

1874 SHIELD 5C PR67

ONLY 700 STRUCK. JUST ONE GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$4,250.00

1874 SHIELD 5C PR67

ONLY 700 STRUCK. JUST ONE GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$4,250.00

1874 SHIELD 5C PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$7,750.00

1874 SHIELD 5C PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$6,500.00

1875 SHIELD 5C PR66

GEM PROOF. ONLY 700 STRUCK. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$1,850.00

1876 SHIELD 5C MS66+

TIED WITH ONE OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$7,500.00

1876 SHIELD 5C PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY ONE HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$4,750.00

1876 SHIELD 5C PR67+ Cameo

TIED WITH 2 OTHERS FOR HIGHEST AT PCGS.
$12,500.00

1876 SHIELD 5C PR67+ Cameo

GEM CAMEO. TIED WITH 2 OTHERS FOR HIGHEST AT PCGS. CAC.
$12,500.00

1877 SHIELD 5C PR66 Deep Cameo

ONLY 1 OF 2 DEEP CAMEO GRADED BY PCGS. ONLY 510 STRUCK.
$14,950.00

1879 SHIELD 5C PR67 Deep Cameo

THE ONLY DEEP CAMEO GRADED. CAC.
$27,500.00

1880 SHIELD 5C MS65

ONLY 16,000 STRUCK. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER.
$79,500.00

1881 SHIELD 5C PR68

ONLY 3,575 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$7,750.00

1882 SHIELD 5C PR67 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED. ONLY 1 DCAM SHIELD 5C HIGHER. CAC.
$13,500.00

1882 SHIELD 5C PR68

GEM PROOF. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$7,750.00