Every U.S. coin collection should include America's first nickels – the classic Shield series of 1866-1883. These coins were born of the Civil War, when public hoarding of U.S. coinage (including half dimes) forced a change in composition for 5¢ coins from silver to copper-nickel. Shield nickels featured a Union Shield, revered as a sign of unity during the Civil War. When introduced 150 years ago in 1866, the reverse displayed 13 stars separated by rays. But due to striking issues, the rays were eliminated early the next year...
This prized set gives you a first-year-of-issue 1866 Shield nickel, featuring the very short-lived "Rays" reverse, and a second-year 1867 issue – first without rays – the design that continued until the end of the series. Offered here in an affordable grade, these early American nickels are sure to go fast – add them to your collection today!
- Product Type: Sets
- Material: Copper-Nickel
- Mint: Philadelphia
- Year: Mixed Years