Resonances of symmetric and antisymmetric polarization states in tightly coupled nanoshell particles made of either a metallic core and a dielectric shell or, vice versa, a dielectric core and a metallic shell were analyzed at optical frequencies. The investigation was performed by using the single dipole approximation (SDA) with all the dynamical retarded field terms included. Furthermore, analytic formulas for the four possible resonances were derived for the first time by retaining only the static (non-retarded) term in the dipolar field expression. The image principle was used to distinguish a priori between symmetric and antisymmetric modes and for full-wave simulations performed to confirm the identification of resonances achieved by the SDA. It was observed that the resonance frequencies of a pair of nanoshells can be tuned over a wide range of wavelength/frequencies by varying the relative dimensions of the core and shell. This makes this kind of particle pairs suited very well to be adopted either as constituents of metamaterials or to enhance local fields when operating frequencies range from the visible to the infrared spectral regions.