1881 Minor Nickel Set

A uniform set of minor coins was designed by Charles Barber which was to be struck on planchets of 75% copper and 25% nickel. It marks the first attempt at a uniform composition minor coinage set since 1869. It also marks the first appearance of Barber's Liberty head design which was to grace our 5 cent piece from 1883 to 1913.

Over a dozen set were struck in nickel and copper, whereas only a half dozen or so were struck in aluminum. 2 original nickel sets are in the Smithsonian and a third is in the Connecticut State Library.

One Cent J1667/P1867



Three Cent J1668/P1869



Five Cent J1671/P1872



Photos courtesy of Heritage and Teletrade.