Parts of the Shield Nickel


James Barton Longacre, designer of the United States shield nickel, imbued the design with all sorts of wonderful whorls, curlicues, and doodads.




But what are all of those design devices called? You've come to the right place!


Annotated Obverse


Nobody seems to know if the curly decorations above and to the left and right of the date have a name. Please contact this web page author if you know (contact info at bottom of page).


Annotated Reverse


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