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Shield Nickels

Shield Nickels began production in 1866. In 1865, Mint Director James Pollock officially endorsed the creation of a nickel five-cent piece to replace the hated fractional notes. The Mint's chief engraver, James B. Longacre, created a design based on his previous two-cent piece, with a shield as the main obverse motif. On May 16, 1866, legislation enabling the new coin was enacted, and Shield nickels began to be struck that year.

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1866raysshieldnickel
1866 RAYS Shield Nickel

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1867 NO RAYS Shield Nickel

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1867 RAYS Shield Nickel

1868shieldnickel
1868 Shield Nickel

1869shieldnickel
1869 Shield Nickel

1870shieldnickel
1870 Shield Nickel

1871shieldnickel
1871 Shield Nickel

1872shieldnickel
1872 Shield Nickel

1873closed3shieldnickel
1873 Closed 3 Shield Nickel

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1873 Open 3 Shield Nickel

1874shieldnickel
1874 Shield Nickel

1875shieldnickel
1875 Shield Nickel

1876shieldnickel
1876 Shield Nickel

1877shieldnickel
1877 Shield Nickel

1878shieldnickel
1878 Shield Nickel

1879shieldnickel
1879 Shield Nickel

1880shieldnickel
1880 Shield Nickel

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1881 Shield Nickel

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1882 Shield Nickel

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1883 Shield Nickel