Description and Analysis

Shield Five Cents
1867 NO RAYS 5C PF

Description & Analysis

625 proofs were delivered with the silver sets of this year, and an unknown number were sold as part of minor proof sets which also included the cent, two-cent piece and the nickel three-cent piece. In his Guide Book to Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, Q. David Bowers provides an estimated total mintage of 750-1,100 pieces.

These proofs were well made, though not mishandled over the years revealing brilliant fields. The strike is usually quite complete, with the possible exception of the star centers. Gems are scarce, cameo proofs even more so.