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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 http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource IdentifierIHA00228
CONTENTdm file name151118422003_IHA00228.jpg
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