U.S. 1883 "No Cent" Liberty Head Nickel
In 1883, the new Liberty head nickel featured only a large "V" for the 5 cent denomination (V is the symbol for five in roman numerals). Swindlers gold-plated some and passed them off as $5 gold pieces. The deaf mute Josh Tatum was the most notorious and "I was only joshing you" entered the language. The denomination of "Cent" was added later that year and used for the remainder of the series. The Good quality issue offered here is the original and tougher to find "No Cents" type.
U.S. "No Ray Type" 1867-1883 Shield Nickel
Minted after the Civil War to replace fractional currency, this was America's first nickel 5 cent piece. The Mint's chief engraver, James B. Longacre, created the obverse design based on his previous 2 cent piece: shown is the familiar U.S. shield surrounded by laurel branches. The reverse of early issues included rays between the stars but these were subsequently removed due to minting difficulties. We are offering the second "No-Rays" type in well-traveled Good quality. Date of our choice.