Shield, Liberty Head, Buffalo and
Thomas Jefferson Nickels
The United States mint has produced 4 different and distinct nickels since it first started making them in 1866. The first to be produced was the Shield from 1866 to 1883, then the Liberty Head was minted from 1883 to 1912, then the very popular Indian Head or Buffalo cent from 1913 to 1938 and finally the Jefferson Nickel from 1938 to now.
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