Coins Certified as of 1/18

Shield Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1866-1883): Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels

Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels - 4th

Current Statistics
Rank 4
GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 64.868
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 64.868
Retired Statistics (8/16/2003)
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 64.735
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 64.735
Sunnywood's Sets

About this set: At its peak, the Sunnywood Collection included about one hundred fifty shield nickels, including many finest known and pop-top circulation strikes and proofs, as well as patterns and variety coins. In all of post-Bust coinage numismatics, the series of circulation strike Shield nickels is the richest in die varieties. Currently, the only varieties included in this PCGS Registry set are the 1866/1866, the 1873 Closed 3 and the 1883/2. (Both the FS-001 and FS-001.1 qualify as "1866/1866" coins at PCGS.) However, in addition to the varieties included here by PCGS, there are many other dramatic and fascinating treasures to be found in this series. Get out your Fivaz-Stanton "Cherrypicker's Guide" and take a look at the many amazing doubled die varieties pictured there. There's even a tripled die obverse (1876, FS-012) !!! Then there are the 1868 Reverse of '68 varieties. The different reverse dies on these coins tell a fascinating story of rapid hub deterioration. The 1868 Reverse of '68 should be a Redbook variety. Another coin that should be in the Redbook is the 1869 "tall date" (we prefer to call it "narrow date"). That's a date logotype variety, just as interesting as the design change in 1873 from Closed 3 to Open 3. There are also many widely repunched dates, overdates, misplaced digits, hub doublings and more to be found in this series. The Sunnywood Collection has specialized in mint state examples of prominent varieties, such as an 1871/1871 FS-006.5 in MS66, an 1876 FS-012 TDO in MS66, and a complete set of all four types of 1883/2 grading MS64 - MS67!!! Our collection includes several dozen high-grade certified examples of different Cherrypicker varieties, many of which are finest known examples. We encourage other collectors to explore this fun area of the hobby.

Sunnywood II MS Shield Nickels
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
37901866 With Rays5CMS66544544
937901866/1866 With Rays5CMS6442126In 1866, the Mint was coping with high demand for the new copper-nickel fiv...
37911867 With Rays5CMS671010
37941867 No Rays5CMS66231231
379518685CMS66377377Fresh sparkling satiny luster. This example has the reverse of 1867, but t...
379618695CMS66181181Virtually flawless white coin, with the second ("wide date") logotype. We ...
379718705CMS6552365236In our opinion, 1870 is the most underrated date in the shield series, as i...
38001873 Open 35CMS669393Flawless white beauty. Very tough in MS66, the finest of three examples we...
38011873 Closed 35CMS6523122512
380318745CMS66103103The nicest of four different PCGS MS66''s we have owned. At one point, Sun...
380418755CMS66113113The nicest of several PCGS MS66''s we have owned, and a better date in all ...
381018805CAU58224224As is typical of this issue, this coin has the Breen-2515 obverse, with pro...
381118815CMS675050Stunning flawless white specimen. We bought this coin as NGC MS67 (at the ...
38131883 Shield5CMS67151151
38141883/2 Shield5CMS664041