When all silver coins, including 5¢ half dimes, disappeared from circulation during the Civil War era due to hoarding, the U.S. Mint introduced the first nickel 5¢ pieces in 1866 to help make change. Featuring a shield on the obverse and the denomination within stars on the reverse, the 1866-1883 Shield nickels were widely used in commerce. Most examples that exist today are extensively worn from handling.
You can now own this desirable coin that is rarely available. All of the inscriptions and basic design details are visible on these Shield nickels. At more than 135 years old, our supply of these historic coins is limited. Add one to your collection today!