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Why purchase this Clad 1883 Shield Nickel Proof?
U.S. Mint Director James Pollock introduced the nickel five cent piece in the wake of the Civil War. Americans were still hoarding coinage for their intrinsic value. In spite of the difficulty in striking coins from cupro-nickel, Pollock saw it as a temporary solution to replace fractional notes. The coins were first struck in 1866, the year after the Civil War ended, and this 1883 piece comes from the final year of issue of the original Nickel, the Clad Shield Nickel.
Powerful Union Shield Design by James Longacre
Both faces of this coin were designed by James Longacre. Obverse: On the obverse, a union shield is flanked by a wreath. At the top of the design is the cross of the Order of Calatrava. The national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST," and the date, "1883," are inscribed along the rim.
Reverse: A large five stands at the center of the reverse. Encircled by thirteen stars, which represent the original states, it combines with the inscription "CENTS" below to note the coin's face value. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" spreads throughout most of the rim.
Beautifully Maintained PF66
The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC0 graded this piece Proof 66. That grade indicates that the coin was very well struck and shows no traces of wear.
Add this Proof 1883 Clad Shield Nickel to your collection today.
This 1883 Clad Shield Nickel NGC PF66 is proudly minted by the U.S. Mint. The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and manufactures circulating, collectible, and bullion coinage.
|Year of Issue:||1883|
|Weight in Grams:||5.00 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.1608 oz|
|Reverse Design:||Denomination within Stars|
The five-cent coin was created in 1866 to meet the growing need for circulating coinage in the aftermath of widespread hoarding of silver and gold coins during the Civil War. Keep reading to learn more about the history of the nickel!