U.S. Nickels (1866-Present)

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U.S. Shield Nickels (1866-1883)

1866 Shield Nickel
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$89.00 $91.00

1866 Shield Nickel
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$131.00 $134.00

1866 Shield Nickel Rays Choice AU/BU Great Eye Appeal
1866 Shield Nickel Rays Choice AU/BU Great Eye Appeal
SKU: NS1729

This wonderfully original 1866 Shield Nickel Rays has great eye appeal and average strike. Outstanding color and surfaces. Date appears to be re-cut inside digits. Grade: Choice AU/BU

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$313.00 $322.00

1866 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Choice XF/AU Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1866 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Choice XF/AU Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: NS1623

This wonderfully original 1866 Shield Nickel 'Rays' has great eye appeal and nice strike. Outstanding color and surfaces. Tiny rim nick 12 o'clock reverse. Grade: Choice XF/AU

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$193.00 $198.00

1866 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Nice AU Nice Eye Appeal
1866 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Nice AU Nice Eye Appeal
SKU: NS1734

This wonderfully original 1866 Shield Nickel 'Rays' has nice eye appeal and average strike. Great color and surfaces. Pleasantly crusty. Grade: Nice AU

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$188.00 $193.00

1866 Shield Nickel Rays Nice Unc Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1866 Shield Nickel Rays Nice Unc Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: NS1742

This original 1866 Shield Nickel Rays has nice eye appeal with nice luster and nice strike. Nice color and surfaces. Grade: Nice Unc

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$313.00 $322.00

1866/1866 Shield Nickel Rays RPD FS-301 PCGS VF Details Nice Strike
1866/1866 Shield Nickel Rays RPD FS-301 PCGS VF Details Nice Strike
SKU: PSB47696

This 1866/1866 Shield Nickel has great eye appeal and nice strike. Dramatically repunched date. Cleaning is very difficult to detect. Certified: PCGS VF Details

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$625.00 $640.00

1867 Shield Nickel
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$68.00 $70.00

1867 Shield Nickel
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$82.00 $84.00

1867 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Choice XF Great Eye Appeal
1867 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Choice XF Great Eye Appeal
SKU: NS1685

This wonderfully original 1867 Shield Nickel 'Rays' has great eye appeal and average strike. Outstanding color and surfaces. Nice type coin. Grade: Choice XF

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$177.00 $182.00

1867 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Choice XF/AU Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1867 Shield Nickel 'Rays' Choice XF/AU Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: NS1735

This wonderfully original 1867 Shield Nickel 'Rays' has great eye appeal and nice strike. Great color and surfaces. Pleasantly crusty. Grade: Choice XF/AU

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$193.00 $198.00

1868 Shield Nickel
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$115.00 $118.00

1868 Shield Nickel
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$79.00 $81.00

1868 Shield Nickel
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$68.00 $70.00

1868 Shield Nickel Nice Unc Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1868 Shield Nickel Nice Unc Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: NS1716

This original 1868 Shield Nickel has nice eye appeal and nice strike. Nice color and surfaces. Grade: Nice Unc

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$146.00 $150.00

1869 Shield Nickel
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$32.00 $33.00

1869 Shield Nickel
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$99.00 $102.00

1869 Shield Nickel
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$84.00 $86.00

1869 Shield Nickel
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$73.00 $75.00

1869 Shield Nickel
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Learn More About U.S. Nickels (1866-Present)

 

When the U.S. nickel was first minted, it was actually worth three cents. It was President Andrew Jackson who approved a bill to authorize the coinage of five-cent pieces that took the place of five-cent fractional currency. Nickels were originally minted during the post-Civil War era when gold and silver were at a shortage. Nearly 30 million nickels were minted between 1867 and 1868 alone. Their practical denomination made them a welcome choice in a post-war economy, and their popularity continued to gain momentum through the turn of the century. The first true nickels were made primarily out of nickel blended with copper. Just as the nickel’s designs have changed, so too has their composition. Today’s silver-looking nickels are 75% copper, which has become an expensive metal to produce. In fact, it costs nearly 8 cents to make a nickel today. 


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