The 1871 Shield Nickel (Buy on eBay) had the first mintage of the series that fell below the one million mark. The final mintage was 561,000. The 1871 Shield Nickel carries a premium over common dates of the series, reflecting its more limited availability.
- Designer: James B. Longacre
- Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
- Weight: 5 grams
- Diameter: 20.5 mm
- Edge: Plain