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Which Shield Nickel would you keep?


I’m a type collector that ended up with two Shield Nickels in the same grade, PR65CAM. Seeing as I only need one, I’m planning to let one of the two go.

If you were making the call based on these two photos, which would you keep or get rid of? I realize that TrueViews are imperfect information (especially for proofs), but they’re the only photos I have currently. One of the two coins is CAC’d.

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  • privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 3,002 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd keep the 1876.

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  • MarkKelleyMarkKelley Posts: 1,676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I personally like better dates. I'd keep the 76.

  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,679 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 82 would be my choice to keep. I must say both are attractive.

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  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,881 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the look of the ‘82 more, but like the 1876 better as a date.
    Which probably also explains why I have so many duplicates….

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  • gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,173 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd keep the 1876. Unless the 82 looks better in hand.

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  • WilliamFWilliamF Posts: 832 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the 1876, I'm guessing that's the one that got the green bean as well...

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  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not looking at dates I like the second pic better

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,728 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I suspect they look different in-hand. I would keep the 1876 because it is a better date.

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  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,713 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the 82 a little better due to the rims.

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  • lermishlermish Posts: 1,414 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer the 76. Also, PM sent!

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,042 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 26, 2022 10:03AM

    I would need to see the 1882 in a different light. I'm sure it's not that dull. Whatever is going on in the area between the star and the last "A" in "AMERICA" is concerning. It's probably mint caused. The mint did not always take great care in making Proofs in the second half of the 19th century.

    I don't care for spotty Proof coins, especially when the grade is PR-65, which is the main thing I have against the 1876,

    My answer would be dependent upon a personal examination. For a true type collector, "better date" should not make a difference. It's the best representation of the design that counts.

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  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,662 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1876 is a keeper in my eyes.

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  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,981 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the looks of the 82 very slightly more than the 76, but they are both nice. Since you are a type collector and they are both nice, sell whichever is worth more and use the money to buy another coin you don’t have an example yet of.


  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,713 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I noticed that Bill, along with the marks around the "S" in CENTS, which look to be a small stain of some kind. But neither marks make me like the 82 less than the 76. The 82 just jumps out at me, so to speak.

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  • humanssuckhumanssuck Posts: 282 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just comparing from the pictures, I really dont like the 76. The spots and coloring would be a major deal breaker for me.

  • erwindocerwindoc Posts: 4,768 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All things considered, I dont like the fingerprint remnant on the reverse of the 76, Id keep the 1882.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would keep the one with the CAC bean.... Cheers, RickO

  • MrBlusterMrBluster Posts: 317 ✭✭✭

    Can you keep them both? I like the 1882.

  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @291fifth said:
    I suspect they look different in-hand. I would keep the 1876 because it is a better date.

    that was one of the factors that would be paramount, to me. the look for sure is important but i'd let the pops/survival rate ultimately make the decision in a 50/50 situation. perhaps even the generation of the holder as well. the potential for upgrade is important too. if one has more depth of field than the other.

    does the 82 have a strike-through on the reverse? k5 or so.

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  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,242 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Both are flat amazing. If it were me, I’d likely keep the ‘76.


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  • TPRCTPRC Posts: 3,734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the first!


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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,398 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 76 appears to exhibit a cleaner strike. Particularly the vertical shield lines. The bottom of the five is also cleaner. The missing fletching is kinda cool too. A good dilemma. Peace Roy

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  • MasonGMasonG Posts: 6,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The lighting is so different that I wouldn't make a choice based on the images.

  • ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,418 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Toss-up to me. I would sell the more common coin if it were me.

  • CoinscratchCoinscratch Posts: 7,438 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Might as well flip for it. I like the 82 tho.

  • santinidollarsantinidollar Posts: 1,055 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’d probably keep the 1876, though I’d find it difficult to put the other on the market.

  • Stingray63Stingray63 Posts: 299 ✭✭✭

    I'd keep both for now but if absolutely parting with one then without a doubt it's the 1876 I'd keep.

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  • HoledandCreativeHoledandCreative Posts: 2,619 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's only money, keep the pair.

  • P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,061 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Roughly 60/40 in favor of the ‘76 so far, which mostly just confirms that I’ve got a couple nice examples to choose from. As @Namvet69 said, it’s a “good dilemma”.

    @WilliamF was correct that it’s the ‘76 that has the green bean. I’m unsure if the ‘82 has ever been sent, but the sticker isn’t a major factor for me in this toss-up.

    Now to decide whether to sell one, or give it a home in my box of 20…

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  • tcollectstcollects Posts: 685 ✭✭✭✭

    Obviously, to avoid a lifetime of regret, you must keep both, but if you must, I like the look of the 82 better

  • FloridafacelifterFloridafacelifter Posts: 1,061 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’d go for the better date and keep the ‘76

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,482 ✭✭✭✭✭

    From the images I'm guessing that the 1882 has better fields? I'm not a fan of spots on a Proof which is a strike against keeping the 1876, but the stain around "America" on the '82 is also evident.... based solely on the images, I'd vote for the 1882 even though the '76 is a better date... nice dilemma to have!

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  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,061 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 76.

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