The 1872 Shield Nickel (Buy on eBay) was produced at only the Philadelphia Mint, like all other issues of the series. It was produced for circulation with a mintage of 6,036,000 and in proof version with an estimated mintage of 950 pieces.
- Designer: James B. Longacre
- Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
- Weight: 5 grams
- Diameter: 20.5 mm
- Edge: Plain