This post is about a 1866 US 5 Cents Shield Nickel. The US mint director during this time was James Pollock who found that the fractional currency was so unpopular that it was a good idea to produce a 5 cent coin made from nickel. What is very interesting is that previously Pollock wasn’t too keen on using nickel as it wasn’t easy to strike coins in. The front of it displays a shield with wreaths on each side and on the top we find a cross at the top. The top legend says: In God We Trust whose origins are rooted in the American Civil War and increasing religious sentiment at the time. The Secretary of the Treasury of the time who was Salman Chase was contacted by many Americans with their concerns. This prompted Salman Chase to ask for the addition of “In God We Trust” to be added to American money which took life first on the 2 cent coin issued in 1864.
The reverse side of this coin is shown below and has the denomination with 13 stars and “United States of America” appears at the top. This coin was produced in the Philadelphia mint.
Koin nikel koin 5 Lima Cents dari negara Amerika Serikat tahun 1866.