Shield Nickel Value 1866-1883

Shield Nickel Value
Mint State Shield Nickel
Shield Nickel Value with rays
1866 Shield Nickel With Rays

Shield Nickel Value By Date

Mint state and key date listed Shield Nickel values is for graded, certified and authenticated coins in PCGS or NGC holders. The rest are a sample of raw coin sell but this is not a guarantee your coin with the same date, mint, grade and holder will sell for this exact value.

Date/Mint
Mintage
G4
F12
VF35
EF45
AU55
MS63
MS65
PR63
PR65
1866
14,742,500
$30
$55
$60
$150
$216
$375
$1680
$1610
$2670
1866/1866 RPD
Inc. above
$60
$190
$250
$625
$1510
$2900
$
$
$
1867
2,019,000
$36
$75
$130
$160
$245
$47-
$2990
$26450
$65550
No Rays
1867
28,890,500
$10
$20
$40
$50
$130
$170
$610
$780
$1640
1868
28,817,000
$10
$20
$30
$50
$100
$200
$560
$335
$1420
1869
16,395,000
$10
$30
$40
$55
$110
$230
$600
$420
$740
1870
4,806,000
$20
$30
$50
$100
$170
$310
$1255
$380
$930
1871
561,000
$70
$140
$155
$180
$400
$510
$1982
$350
$930
1872
6,036,000
$20
$50
$70
$120
$156
$240
$1100
$300
$630
1873 Closed 3
4,550,000
$20
$70
$90
$130
$290
$510
$2350
$280
$685
1873 Open 3
Inc. above
$20
$57
$60
$86
$160
$326
$1780
$
$
1874
3,538,000
$25
$60
$70
$110
$140
$260
$1390
$330
$625
1875
2,097,000
$30
$90
$100
$140
$210
$310
$1100
$390
$1268
1876
2,530,000
$30
$80
$90
$130
$150
$360
$1100
$300
$1120
1877
Proof Only
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$2960
$4130
1878
Proof Only
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$1360
$1580
1879
25,900
$330
$570
$650
$760
$1430
$2000
$2370
$500
$740
1880
16,000
$430
$835
$1570
$2150
$4680
$6610
$46000
$460
$696
1881
68,800
$225
$460
$560
$580
$820
$1430
$2040
$330
$650
1882
11,472,900
$20
$30
$40
$50
$100
$180
$490
$280
$560
1883
1,451,500
$20
$30
$40
$60
$100
$190
$565
$320
$620
1883/2
Inc. above
$240
$590
$680
$1240
$1520
$1880
$11090
$
$

Shield Nickel Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

The 1880 is the key date boasting the lowest mintage and it’s value starts at approximately $800 followed by 1879 (starts at $300), 1881 (starts at $200) and then you have the semi-key 1871 with a starting value of $70. The values for these are coins that have not been cleaned or damaged in any way.

1877 and 1878 are proof only issues and they’re both worth at least $2,000 each.

Grade – Condition:

You can buy the common date Shield Nickels for less than $20 in AG3 (About Good) and $20 to $30 in G4 to VG8, but dates like the 1866, 1867 With Rays, 1875 and 1876 are a little less in mintage as common dates and they will bring more than $30 in problem free VG and continue to climb each grade.

Almost all dates are worth at least $100 in AU (About Uncirculated) and most are worth much more like the 1871 is $400 in AU (About Uncirculated), so the lower the mintage and the higher the grade, the more the value. All dates are worth several hundred dollars when found in MS (Mint State) but watch out for coins that look MS but are actually AU58. You should buy graded MS examples until you can trust your own grading skills and find an honest and knowledgeable dealer.

Shield Nickel Value G4
G4 Shield Nickel

Varieties:

There’s a few reverse hub varieties as well as a few other variety types but they’re too confusing to go into detail here, but Cherry Picker’s Guide Volume I by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton is a great resource. I will mention the most popularly known varieties below.

The 1866 and 1867 Type I have reverse rays and then 1867 to 1883 don’t have rays, but it’s the 67′ with rays that’s worth the most and starts at $40 in the low grades, then you have the  1873 Open and Closed 3 with the closed 3 being the most rare and the value starts at $50.

Another well known and popular variety is the 1883/2 and it’s worth $250 in the low grade of G4.

Specifications:
Designer: James B. Longacre
Diameter: 20.5 millimeters
Metal content: Copper – 75%, Nickel – 25%
Weight: 5 grams
Edge: Plain
Mint mark: None (for Philadelphia)

 

Shield Nickel Value By Date And Mint Mark:

1866
1866/66
1867
1868
1869
1870
1871
1872
1873 Open 3
1873 Closed 3
1874
1875
1876
1877
1878
1879
1880
1881
1882
1883
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Shield Nickel Value 1866-1883
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U.S. Shield Nickel value facts
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