1870 Shield Nickel

The 1870 Shield Nickel (Buy on eBay) showed another decline from the mintage of the prior years with a mintage of 4,806,000. Despite the fall from the higher levels of earlier years, examples of this date do not carry a premium. Mintages for Shield Nickels would fall to much lower levels by comparison near the end of the series.

Coin Specifications

  • Designer: James B. Longacre
  • Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
  • Weight: 5 grams
  • Diameter: 20.5 mm
  • Edge: Plain