1881 Shield Nickel

The 1881 Shield Nickel (Buy on eBay) was the third year in a row with a limited mintage. These three issues came after two years when coins were not produced for circulation at all. The 1881 nickel had a mintage of 68,800 coins for circulation and 3,575 proof strikes.

Coin Specifications

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