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Two Nickels, Obverse and Reverse: no date
Two Nickels, Obverse and Reverse:  no date
Resource Typeimage
TitleTwo Nickels, Obverse and Reverse: no date
Coverage / Yearc. 1866 to Present
DescriptionThe reverse reads "United States of America, " and has a number "5" and "cents." There are thirteen stars for the colonies. The other coin shows a wreath with an indefinable shape in the middle, possibly a shield. All else has been worn off.
InterpretationThe first nickel five cent coin was a shield type struck in 1866. It was 3/4 copper and 1/4 nickel. The shield type was replaced by the Liberty Head or "V" nickel in 1883. These coins have an Arabic number five instead of a Roman numeral "V, " so they probably were minted between 1866 and 1883.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow We Learn About Communities; Communities and Geography; History of Money
Learning Standards15 Economics; 16 History
Author or CreatorIllinois Heritage Association
Other ContributorsCity of Champaign
SourceThese coins came from a copper box placed in the Champaign City Building when it was built in 1889. The box contained some small articles and documents. When a new Champaign City Building was dedicated in 1938, additional articles were added to the box and it was placed behind a bronze plaque in the new lobby. In 1998, the box was retrieved adn the contents examined. Some of the items will be returned to a time capsule to be placed in the city building.
Subject / KeywordsCoins; U.S. Mint; 'V'
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierIHA00228
CONTENTdm file name151118422003_IHA00228.jpg
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