Shield Nickel, No Rays (1867-1883)

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1877 5C PR
1877 5C PR

The Modified Design

The Shield nickel style of 1867-1883 is similar to that of 1866 and early 1867, except that the 13 rays between the stars on the reverse have been eliminated. This alleviated the problem of weak striking to an extent, with the result that Shield nickels of this type are generally better struck than earlier pieces, although the majority of surviving coins show weakness in one area or another.

Die breakage continued to be a common occurrence, and often inspection with a magnifying glass will reward the viewer with a glimpse of a myriad of tiny cracks, which lend interest to a coin. From 1867 through 1883 coinage was...

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