1874 Shield Nickel

The 1874 Shield Nickel (Buy on eBay) was produced at the Philadelphia Mint for circulation with a number of proof coins also struck. The circulation mintage was 3,538,000 and the proof mintage was estimated at 700 pieces. Both figures were around the middle range for the Shield Nickel series.

Coin Specifications

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