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Below are the most sought after Nickels.  Click on the links for a complete overview and links to both the PCGS and NGC price guides.


Shield Nickel (1866-1883)

shield nickel

Copper-nickel is the alloy of choice for American nickels made today, and the Shield Nickel created after the Civil War is the first five-cent coin to be struck with such a combination. It is also the first to be called a “nickel” since five-cent pieces, which were made of silver, were referred to as half dimes.  Coin hoarding was at a high during the war, leading coins to…READ MORE 

Liberty Nickel (1883-1913)

liberty nickel

In the early 1880s, a replacement was already being sought for the Shield Nickel which had been in production since 1866. The Shield Design proved difficult to strike and the US Mint was looking for solutions. Joseph Wharton, an industrialist and nickel mine owner, was lobbying for the bronze cent to be made in copper-nickel. Mint Superintendent Archibald Loudon Snowden then asked…READ MORE

Buffalo Nickel (1913-1938)

buffalo nickel

During Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, five US coins received new designs. He left office in 1909, but the desire to produce more inspiring coin designs was still alive. That was made further possible with the Coinage Act of 1890 that allowed designs to be changed after 25 years. The particular coin up for a redesign was the Liberty Head Nickel in production since 1883…READ MORE

 Jefferson Nickel (1938 to Date)

jefferson nickel

Since it was introduced in the United States in 1983, the Jefferson Nickel has been the longest running five cent denomination series. It was struck by the United States Mint to replace the Buffalo nickel.  The coin’s continuity may have been interrupted briefly by the emergency of the Second World War but is still minted to this day. Jefferson Nickel, as the name suggests…READ MORE


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