Shield Nickel Mintage

  • The Shield Nickel was authorized in May of 1866 and struck for circulation beginning in the same year. Until the conclusion of the series in 1883, all coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. This included coins struck for circulation as well as proof coins struck for collectors.
  • After relatively high mintages for the first years of the series, production gradually declined until the point that circulating coins were not minted for two years of the series in 1877 and 1878. For the following three years, production remained at extremely low levels, leading to the creation of the key date 1880 Shield Nickel.
  • Higher mintages were recorded in 1882 and 1883. The latter year would see the series replaced with a new design known as the Liberty Head Nickel.
  • The table below contains the complete mintage figures for circulation strike Shield Nickels.

 

1866-1883 Shield Nickel Mintages

1866

14,742,500

1867 Rays

2,019,000

1867 No Rays

28,890,500

1868

28,817,000

1869

16,395,000

1870

4,806,000

1871

561,000

1872

6,036,000

1873

4,550,000

1874

3,538,000

1875

2,097,000

1876

2,530,000

1877

Proof Only

1878

Proof Only

1879

25,900

1880

16,000

1881

68,800

1882

11,472,900

1883

1,451,500

 

taken from: http://shieldnickels.us/