Grading Shield Nickels
Below are the typical grading standards for Shield Nickels.
G4 Good- All letters in motto readable.
VG8 Very Good- Motto stands out clearly. Rims worn slightly but even. Part of shield lines visible.
F12 Fine- Half of each olive leaf is smooth.
EF40 Extremely Fine- Leaf tips show slight wear. Cross over shield slightly worn.
AU50 About Uncirculated- Traces of light wear on only the high points of the design. Half of mint luster is present.
MS60 Uncirculated- No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
MS63 Uncirculated- Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Luster may be impaired.
Top Tier Certified Shield Nickels on eBay
Click on any of the boxes to see much larger images and prices. These are all top tier certified Shield Nickels that you can use for comparing to your coins. Only PCGS, NGC, ANACS, ICG, NCS, CCCS, and ICCS.