1875 Shield Nickel. MS-66+ (PCGS). CAC. Simply put, it is difficult for us to imagine a more attractive 1875 Shield nickel. Highly lustrous with an intense frosty texture, both sides are enhanced by iridescent toning in powder blue, pale gold, silver-apricot and, at the right obverse border, subtle brick red. The strike is razor sharp throughout, unusual for the type, with all stars on the reverse showing full radial lines. Silky smooth and virtually pristine, this delightful Gem will please even the most discerning numismatist. The United States Mint at Philadelphia produced 2,097,000 nickel five-cent pieces for commercial use in 1875. Enough Mint State coins have survived to make the issue plentiful by the standards of the Shield series. The Pogue specimen is very close to perfection and we expect it to sell for a strong premium.