High 1867 nickel value shows just how scarce these coins are. Your Shield Nickel, as it is known to collectors, is a rather elusive and historically important part of the first nickels minted by the United States.
What makes this year unique in the series are the two distinct varieties, "with rays" on the reverse and "without rays" each having different values. And just to make it interesting, the condition of your coin further affects value within each nickel type.
You have a valuable coin. Now, to accurately find out how much it is worth...
After the date and variety are determined - condition - is what collectors and dealers turn their attention to as they value coins.
Known as "Grading" judging the amount of wear by comparing your coin to the "Grading" images below determines a true value. Each stage of wear is valued separately and the chart often shows a doubling of price for better preserved coins.
Starting with the value chart, let's go through these variables and discover how much your 1967 nickel is worth.
|1867 Nickel Value|
|Condition of Coin|
|1867 Nickel Value Updated||2015|
|Type I: Rays on Reverse|
|Type II: Without Rays on Reverse|
|1867 No Rays||$17||$20||$43||$92|
Your old nickel values often span a wide range depending on condition. The grading descriptions and images indicate major points of the coin design to observe as you evaluate the condition of your old nickel.
Uncirculated: Radiating with the shine of a new coin, mint luster is still present over the entire surface. A Shield nickel in uncirculated condition shows no signs of wear. Check for breaks in luster on the high points of the design, the Cross, the frame of the Shield and the roundness of the leaves. Wear is indicated by a leveling of the design in these areas and loss of shine.
Extremely Fine: Although lightly worn, a coin in this condition is still well received by collectors. Typical of the grade is slight wear on the tips of the leaves and upper part of the cross above the shield, both remain bold however. The many fine outlining and scrolling details of the shield border show signs of wear and obscuring. Within the shield itself, fine horizontal and vertical lines show wear causing a few to merge. On the reverse the stars are well defined with lines radiating from the centers.
Fine: Moderate even wear depicts a nickel in Fine condition. Leaves surrounding the shield are bold and outlined, the cross is bold but each are lacking interior design details. The border of the shield, once full of detail is now smooth. Protected in the shield's interior, some of the fine horizontal and vertical lines are still visible. Lettering on both obverse and reverse is complete but weak. The stars on the reverse are worn flat, the center radiating line details are lacking from all but one or two stars.
Good: In "good" condition your 1867 nickel value is at the low end of the range. The design is worn to the point just the outlines of the major details show. The date although very weak is readable. However the lettering has begun to merge with the rim and themselves. The shield, leaves, and cross are only flattened outlines with no center details. The numeral "5" on the reverse is very weak and often missing in parts. Lettering and stars on the reverse are heavily worn and becoming faint.
A change in the design on the reverse of 1867 nickels took place in this year. Part way through production the "rays" were removed from the design. A cleaner appearance to the design resulted and importantly, the ability to strike the obverse with all of its design was achieved.
Such a major change to these Shield nickels is reflected in value on the chart. Fewer of the "with rays" variety were minted creating a scarce coin. Today both the - with and without - rays reverses are needed to complete a collection and special attention is necessary to accurately value your coin.
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