Welcome to ShieldNickels.Net

An Educational Website Devoted to the U.S. Shield Nickel of 1866 to 1883


Thank you for visiting ShieldNickels.Net. Please feel free to peruse the following sections of this website:
The 1883/2 Shield Nickel Web Pages How to recognize and attribute the 1883/2
Is It an 1873 or an 1878? Understand two confusing years
The Top 20 Shield Nickel Varieties Shield Nickels have a top list too!
Parts of the Shield Nickel What are all those crazy doodads called?
Shield Nickel Design Hubs Hub Designs and Pairings
Shield Nickel Die Clashes Overlay Study and Example of Die Clashing
Shield Nickel Want List New! The top varieties on the author's want list
Shield Nickel Errors New! Gallery of errors on shield nickels

Shield Nickel Variety Population
Shield Nickel Variety Population (PDF format)

Variety population data compiled from
members of the Yahoo Shield Nickel Club

The Shield Nickel Viewer A computerized attribution guide
Articles Articles about shield nickels
Errata Shield nickel reference book errata and additions
Quotes Historical quotes about shield nickels
ANA Grading Standards for Shield Nickels Courtesy of the ANA (ANA website)
Cherrypickers' Guide Shield Nickel Prices Courtesy of JT Stanton (CPG website)


James Barton Longacre 1794 - 1869
Named Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint in 1844
Designer of the Shield Nickel

1855 Ambrotype by Issac Rhen, from Longacre's papers in the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian
Thanks to Rick Snow (Eagle Eye Rare Coins) for providing the photo.



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