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.
$7,950.00

1867 SHIELD 5C, RAYS PR65 Cameo

WITH RAYS. VERY FLASHY CAMEO. ESTIMATED MINTAGE OF ONLY 60.
$39,950.00

1867 SHIELD 5C, RAYS PR66 Cameo

WITH RAYS. GEM FLASHY WHITE CAMEO PROOF. ESTIMATED 60 COINS STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$69,500.00

1869 SHIELD 5C MS67

GEM SATIN LUSTER. TIED WITH TWO OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$7,950.00

1874 SHIELD 5C PR67

ONLY 700 STRUCK. JUST ONE GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$4,500.00

1874 SHIELD 5C PR67

ONLY 700 STRUCK. JUST ONE GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$4,500.00

1876 SHIELD 5C MS66+

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

1876 SHIELD 5C PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY ONE HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$5,450.00

1877 SHIELD 5C PR66 Deep Cameo

ONE OF ONLY THREE DEEP CAMEOS GRADED BY PCGS. ONLY 510 STRUCK.
$13,500.00

1881 SHIELD 5C PR68

ONLY 3,575 STRUCK. HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$7,950.00