Cybercoins' Shield Nickels, the world's neighborhood coin shop.

Before 1866 the coins the United States made as a five -cent piece were called “Half Dimes” and they were made of silver. That year saw us start the production of five-cent pieces from a different metal; a metal whose name we took for the coin itself - nickel. Our first Nickel Five-Cent Piece was the Shield Type and it was made from 1866-1883. The Shield Nickel was designed by James Longacre and some say the design was so popular because it reflected the emotions of the country following the Civil War in seeing the Federal Union as a shield of Liberty. It saw several small changes/varieties from its first year of production but is still admired for its pleasing design.

Good reference works for those more interested in this type of coin are “The Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins” by Walter Breen and “The Shield Five Cent Series” by Edward Fletcher, Jr.

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