Three-Cent Pieces - COPPER-NICKEL, Proof
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1873 Closed 3 3CNPCGS PR-64 $ 290
1877   3CNNGC PF-68 CameoCall
1879  3CNPCGS PR-66 Fabulous Strike and Eye Appeal515
1882   3CNNGC PF-65 420
1883  3CNPCGS PR-67 865

Five-Cent Pieces - Shield, RAYS, Proof
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1866 Rays 5CPCGS PR-65 $ 2530

Five-Cent Pieces - Shield, NO RAYS
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1883 Shield 5CPCGS MS-66 $ 800

Five-Cent Pieces - Shield, NO RAYS, Proof
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1876   5CNGC PF-67 Cameo$ 2415
1879/8  5CPCGS PR-66 1035

Five-Cent Pieces - Liberty Head, NO CENTS, Proof
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1883 No CENTS 5CPCGS PR-67 $ 1470

Five-Cent Pieces - Liberty Head, CENTS
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1888  5CPCGS MS-65+ $ 1265
1911  5CPCGS MS-65 345
1911  5CPCGS MS-66 625

Five-Cent Pieces - Liberty Head, CENTS, Proof
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1898   5CNGC PF-68 Cameo$ 8625

Five-Cent Pieces - Buffalo, TYPE 2
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1914  5CPCGS MS-67 $ 2760
1916-D  5CPCGS MS-66 8225
1917-D  5CPCGS MS-65 1785
1918 S  5CNGC MS-64 Mint Error 3220
1923  5CPCGS MS-66+ 1440
1927-D  5CPCGS MS-65 PQ!3625
1937-D 3 Legs 5CPCGS MS-66 Call
1937 D 3 LEGS 3 Legs FS-020.2 5CNGC MS-62 2130
1937 D 3 LEGS 3 Legs FS-020.2 5CNGC MS-63 3165

Five-Cent Pieces - Buffalo, TYPE 2, MATTE Proof
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1916  5CPCGS PR-67 $ 6500

Five-Cent Pieces - Jefferson
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1942-P Type 2 5CPCGS MS-68 $ 2820
1943-P  5CPCGS MS-68 2130



Facts


The first nickel coinage struck was the three cent nickel piece. They were minted to replace the three cent silver coinage and were struck exclusively at the Philadelphia Mint from 1865 to 1889.

The Act of May 16, 1866, made possible the striking of the shield nickel. A type with rays extending between the stars on the reverse was minted for two years, 1866 and 1867. Later in 1867, the rays were eliminated and striking of the shield nickel continued through 1883.

1883 saw a design change to that of the "Liberty Head" type. The first year of issue was minted in two types, the without cents and the with cents. Cents was added to eliminate the practice of gold-plating the without cents type and selling them as five dollar gold pieces. Liberty Nickels were minted from 1883 to 1913. Only FIVE 1913 Liberty Nickels were struck and all were originally owned by Col. E. H. R. Green. These have been dispersed and are now in individual collections. The 1913 was not a regular issue and was never placed into circulation.

Production of the Buffalo nickel started in 1913. Its first year of issue saw two types: the first showing the bison on a mound and the second with the base redesigned to a thinner, straight line. Three different Indians were used as models while the bison was modeled after "Black Diamond" in the New York Zoological Gardens. Buffalo Nickels were minted from 1913 through 1938.

The Jefferson nickel was first minted in 1938 and is still being struck today. October 8, 1942 saw the issuance of the wartime five-cent piece composed of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. These war nickels were issued to eliminate nickel, a critical war material and can be distinguished by the larger mint mark placed above the dome of the capitol on the reverse. The letter "P" for Philadelphia was used for the first time indicating the change of alloy.