DESCRIPTION Ultra Gem Proof 1883 Shield NickelThe Sole Finest at PCGS1883 Shield Nickel. Proof-68 (PCGS).
A stunning Ultra Gem Proof that ranks as the sole finest graded by PCGS across all designations. Beautiful icy blue and lilac toning accents each side, backlit by considerable reflectivity in the fields. The devices are very sharp and boast a richly frosted texture. Virtually flawless and a true prize for advanced Registry Set participants.
At 5,419 coins struck, the 1883 is the highest mintage Proof in the Shield nickel series. The reason for this record output is that the Mint anticipated heightened interest in the Shield nickel design due to its replacement with Charles E. Barber's Liberty Head type. Indeed, the Proof 1883 Shield nickel was saved in large numbers, and this final year issue has long been popular for specimen type purposes. However, most collectors will have to settle for a significantly lower grade than that offered here, with most survivors in grades of Proof-65 or lower.PCGS# 3838
.NGC ID: 276Z