Photo Denom Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Shield 5C 1866 Shield 5C 1866
With Rays

Choice SOLD
With Rays, Reverse Cud, Brilliant Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Cracked Dies. First year of Shield nickel design issue included reverse rays. The rays increased striking complexity given the hardness of the copper-nickel alloy. This initial year strike offers brilliant frosty luster that explodes during bright light inspection. Cartwheel action is vibrant. Obverse fields contain die striations. Overall strike is a tad weak given the initial production striking issues. The reverse die is shattered with a internal cud to the right of CENTS. A nice original example for the selective collector. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. December 1969