Information about effigy: Shield of the Coat of Arms of the United States

Shield of the Coat of Arms of the United States

The Union Shield is part of the Coat of Arms of the United States, which forms the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States.

The 1782 resolution of Congress adopting the arms, still in force, legally blazoned the shield as "Paleways of 13 pieces, argent and gules; a chief, azure." As the designers recognised, this is a technically incorrect blazon under traditional English heraldic rules, since in English practice a vertically striped shield would be described as "paly", not "paleways", and it would not have had an odd number of stripes. A more technically proper blazon would have been argent, six pallets gules ... (six red stripes on a white field), but the phrase used was chosen to preserve the reference to the 13 original states.

The Shield is shown on the coinage of the United States either on its own, or as part of the full Coat of Arms.

On the Indian Head Cents, it has six vertical and seven horizontal stripes representing the first thirteen states.

Shield of the Coat of Arms of the United States - showing 100 of 102 coins (Page 1 of 2)
NameMintageLegend
Three Cents 1851 6,167,400 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1851
Three Cents 1852 18,663,500 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1852
Three Cents 1853 11,400,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1853
Three Cents 1854 671,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1854
Three Cents 1855 139,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1855
Three Cents 1856 1,458,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1856
Three Cents 1857 1,042,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1857
Three Cents 1858 1,604,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1858
Three Cents 1859 365,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1859
One Cent 1860 Indian Head 20,567,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1860
Three Cents 1860 287,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1860
Three Cents 1861 498,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1861
One Cent 1861 Indian Head 10,101,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1861
One Cent 1862 Indian Head 28,075,550 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1862
Three Cents 1862 343,550 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1862
One Cent 1863 Indian Head 49,840,460 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1863
Three Cents 1863 21,460 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1863
One Cent 1864 Indian Head (CuproNickel) 13,740,370 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1864
Two Cents 1864 19,847,500 IN GOD WE TRUST 1864
One Cent 1864 Indian Head (Bronze) 39,233,899 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1864
Three Cents 1864 12,470 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1864
Three Cents 1865, Silver 8,500 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1865
Two Cents 1865 13,640,000 IN GOD WE TRUST 1865
One Cent 1865 Indian Head 35,429,786 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1865
Three Cents 1866, Silver 22,725 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1866
One Cent 1866 Indian Head 9,827,225 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1866
Five Cents 1866 Shield Nickel 14,743,100 IN GOD WE TRUST 1866
Two Cents 1866 3,177,000 IN GOD WE TRUST 1866
Three Cents 1867, Silver 4,625 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1867
Two Cents 1867 2,938,750 IN GOD WE TRUST 1867
One Cent 1867 Indian Head 9,821,625 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1867
Five Cents 1867 Shield Nickel 30,910,125 IN GOD WE TRUST 1867
Three Cents 1868, Silver 4,100 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1868
Five Cents 1868 Shield Nickel 28,817,600 IN GOD WE TRUST 1868
Two Cents 1868 2,803,750 IN GOD WE TRUST 1868
One Cent 1868 Indian Head 10,267,100 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1868
Three Cents 1869, Silver 5,100 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1869
Two Cents 1869 1,547,100 IN GOD WE TRUST 1869
One Cent 1869 Indian Head 6,420,600 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1869
Five Cents 1869 Shield Nickel 16,395,600 IN GOD WE TRUST 1869
Three Cents 1870, Silver 4,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1870
Five Cents 1870 Shield Nickel 4,807,000 IN GOD WE TRUST 1870
One Cent 1870 Indian Head 5,276,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1870
Two Cents 1870 862,250 IN GOD WE TRUST 1870
Three Cents 1871, Silver 4,360 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1871
Five Cents 1871 Shield Nickel 561,960 IN GOD WE TRUST 1871
One Cent 1871 Indian Head 3,930,460 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1871
Two Cents 1871 722,210 IN GOD WE TRUST 1871
Three Cents 1872, Silver 1,950 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1872
Five Cents 1872 Shield Nickel 6,036,950 IN GOD WE TRUST 1872
Two Cents 1872 65,000 IN GOD WE TRUST 1872
One Cent 1872 Indian Head 4,042,950 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1872
Three Cents 1873, Silver (Proof only) 600 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1873
Two Cents 1873 (Proof only) 1,100 IN GOD WE TRUST 1873
One Cent 1873 Indian Head 11,677,600 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1873
Five Cents 1873 Shield Nickel 4,551,100 IN GOD WE TRUST 1873
Five Cents 1874 Shield Nickel 3,538,700 IN GOD WE TRUST 1874
One Cent 1874 Indian Head 14,188,200 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1874
Five Cents 1875 Shield Nickel 2,097,700 IN GOD WE TRUST 1875
One Cent 1875 Indian Head 13,528,700 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1875
Five Cents 1876 Shield Nickel 2,531,150 IN GOD WE TRUST 1876
One Cent 1876 Indian Head 7,945,150 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1876
Five Cents 1877 Shield Nickel 510 IN GOD WE TRUST 1877
One Cent 1877 Indian Head 853,400 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1877
One Cent 1878 Indian Head 5,799,850 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1878
Five Cents 1878 Shield Nickel 2,350 IN GOD WE TRUST 1878
One Cent 1879 Indian Head 16,231,200 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1879
Five Cents 1879 Shield Nickel 29,100 IN GOD WE TRUST 1879
Five Cents 1880 Shield Nickel 19,955 IN GOD WE TRUST 1880
One Cent 1880 Indian Head 38,964,955 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1880
Five Cents 1881 Shield Nickel 72,375 IN GOD WE TRUST 1881
One Cent 1881 Indian Head 39,211,575 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1881
One Cent 1882 Indian Head 38,581,100 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1882
Five Cents 1882 Shield Nickel 11,476,000 IN GOD WE TRUST 1882
Five Cents 1883 Shield Nickel 1,456,919 IN GOD WE TRUST 1883
One Cent 1883 Indian Head 45,598,109 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1883
One Cent 1884 Indian Head 23,261,742 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1884
One Cent 1885 Indian Head 11,765,384 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1885
One Cent 1886 Indian Head 17,654,290 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1886
One Cent 1887 Indian Head 45,226,483 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1887
One Cent 1888 Indian Head 37,494,414 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1888
One Cent 1889 Indian Head 48,869,361 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1889
One Cent 1890 Indian Head 57,182,854 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1890
One Cent 1891 Indian Head 47,072,350 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1891
One Cent 1892 Indian Head 37,649,832 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1892
One Cent 1893 Indian Head 46,642,195 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1893
One Cent 1894 Indian Head 16,752,132 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1894
One Cent 1895 Indian Head 38,343,636 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1895
One Cent 1896 Indian Head 39,057,293 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1896
One Cent 1897 Indian Head 50,466,330 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1897
One Cent 1898 Indian Head 49,823,079 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1898
One Cent 1899 Indian Head 53,600,031 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1899
One Cent 1900 Indian Head 66,833,764 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1900
One Cent 1901 Indian Head 79,611,143 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1901
One Cent 1902 Indian Head 87,376,722 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1902
One Cent 1903 Indian Head 85,094,493 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1903
One Cent 1904 Indian Head 61,328,015 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1904
One Cent 1905 Indian Head 80,719,163 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1905
One Cent 1906 Indian Head 96,022,255 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1906
One Cent 1907 Indian Head 108,138,618 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1907
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Year1782
CountryUnited States
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