The first Shield Nickels produced had Rays between the stars on the reverse. In 1867 some were produced with rays but most were produced with no rays as that was eliminated. There were 13 stars and 13 rays to represent the colonies. No further changes were made to the design j in N’Yuk the Shield was replaced with the Liberty Head Nickel. In 1877 and again in 1878 only proof issued were produced but circulation issues were back in production in 1879 until 1883. There are a few varieties for this fairly short lived series.