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The 1883/2 Shield Nickel is one of the most frequently misunderstood and misattributed United States coins. Very frequently a nickel which is not a true 1883/2 overdate is sold as an overdate. This leaves the buyer with a common coin at an expensive price, and inflates the seeming availability of the true 1883/2 overdate.

I hope that the information available on this website will help the reader understand the 1883/2 Shield Nickel, and provide the reader with the ability to accurately attribute them.

In order to help the reader understand 1883/2 Shield Nickels best, this site contains a number of high resolution images. Some of them may take a little while to load over slow Internet connections. Please be patient, and I hope that your patience will be well rewarded. Most of the pictures on this website were taken with a Nikon 995 digital camera equipped with a macro lens. Some of the pictures were taken using an Intel Play microscope. The microscope photos are noted where appropriate.

The pages of this web site are best viewed in a browser window of at least 800 x 600 resolution.

Auctions and other sales that misattribute coins as true 1883/2 varieties are rampant. If you see a coin that you are not sure about, you are welcome to email me for my opinion.


Please visit the following sections of the web site:

Background Information for the 1883/2 Shield Nickel

Known Varieties of the 1883/2 Shield Nickel

FS5c-013 (301) F-08 S1-5001 B2524 PM-18V.4

FS5c-013.1 (302) F-09 S1-5002 B2525 PM-18V.2

Mystery Coin: Is this an FS-5c-013.1?

FS5c-013.2 (303) F-10 S1-5003 B2526 PM-18V.3

FS5c-013.3 (304) S1-5004

FS05-1883-305 F-07 S1-5000 (the rule breaker)

Opinions on Relative Rarities and Valuations

The Infamous 1882 Filled 2 Shield Nickel (You and Your Wallet Want to Avoid These!)

The Infamous 1882 Filled 2 Shield Nickel Page 2

Examples of Other Shield Nickel Varieties Besides the 1883/2

Auction Records

References for More Information about Shield Nickels

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