The 1877 Shield Nickel (Buy on eBay) represents one of two years of the series when coins were not produced for circulation, but were struck in proof quality for collectors. The number of proof coins is estimated at 510 pieces. The mintage of proof coins would rise in the following year and remain elevated into the end of the series.
- Designer: James B. Longacre
- Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
- Weight: 5 grams
- Diameter: 20.5 mm
- Edge: Plain