JEFFERSON NICKELS

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Average Circulated

                   Date      Inv #    Price         Date      Inv #    Price
                   1938      05701     0.50         1947s     05731     0.50
                   1938d     05702     1.75         1948      05732     0.50
                   1938s     05703     3.50         1948d     05733     0.50
                   1939      05704     0.50         1948s     05734     0.50
                   1939d     05705     7.95         1949      05735     0.50
                   1939s     05706     1.25         1949d     05736     0.50
                   1940      05707     0.50         1949s     05737     0.75
                   1940d     05708     0.50         1950      05738     0.75
                   1940s     05709     0.50         1950d     05739    12.50
                   1941      05710     0.50         1951      05740     0.50
                   1941d     05711     0.50         1951d     05741     0.50
                   1941s     05712     0.50         1951s     05742     0.95
                   1942      05713     0.50         1952      05743     0.50
                   1942d     05714     0.75         1952d     05744     0.50
                   1942P     05715     2.95         1952s     05745     0.50
                   1942s     05716     2.95         1953      05746     0.50
                   1943P     05717     2.95         1953d     05747     0.50
                   1943d     05718     2.95         1953s     05748     0.50
                   1943s     05719     2.95         1954      05749     0.50
                   1944P     05720     2.95         1954d     05750     0.50
                   1944d     05721     2.95         1954s     05751     0.50
                   1944s     05722     2.95         1955      05752     0.75
                   1945P     05723     2.95         1955d     05753     0.50
                   1945d     05724     2.95         1956      05754     0.50
                   1945s     05725     2.95         1956d     05755     0.50
                   1946      05726     0.50         1957      05756     0.50
                   1946d     05727     0.50         1957d     05757     0.50
                   1946s     05728     0.50         1958      05758     0.50
                   1947      05729     0.50         1958d     05759     0.50
                   1947d     05730     0.50         1959      05760     0.50
                   1947s     05731     0.50         1959d     05761     0.50

Modern Jefferson Nickels . . . . . . Uncirculated Jefferson Nickels . . . . . . Proof Only Issues


The History of the Jefferson Nickel (1938-present):

The first Jefferson Five Cent Piece was issued in 1938. The obverse design of Thomas Jefferson has remained unchanged and is still in use today. Likewise, the original reverse design of Monticello is still current. The mint mark however has undergone some changes over the years.

The mint mark on Jefferson Five Cent Pieces from 1938 to midway through 1942 was located on the right side of the reverse between Monticello and the rim. When the composition changed in 1942, the mint mark was enlarged considerably and moved to the field above Monticello. These 1942-1945 wartime silver issues marked the first use of a P mint mark on a United States coin. Click her to order the Complete Wartime Silver Nickel Set.....$10.95. In 1946 the original mint mark location was resumed. Jefferson Five Cent Pieces from 1968 to the present have their mint mark on the obverse, near the rim, just below the last digit in the date. Nickels struck in Philadelphia from 1938 - 1942 and from 1946 - 1979 bear no mint mark.

The Jefferson Five Cent Piece was designed by Felix Schlag. His initials, F S, which were added in 1966, appear on the obverse near the rim under the bust of Jefferson. Schlag was the winner of $1,000.00, and the honor to put his design on the new nickel five cent piece, in an open design competition.

The Jefferson Five Cent Piece was originally composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel. This composition was used until midway through 1942. During that time the nickel was needed for the war effort so the composition was changed to 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. In 1946, after WWII had ended, the original composition was resumed. Jefferson Five Cent Pieces have a weight of 5.00 grams, a diameter of 21.2 mm and a plain edge. Jefferson Five Cent Pieces were struck in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. (five cent pieces struck in Philadelphia from 1938 - 1942 and 1946 - 1979 bear no mint mark).


Key to abbreviations used on this page:

Average Circ. (Average Circulated condition): A typical circulated coin from the period. All major features are easily identifiable. Date and mint mark are clear and readable.

D (Denver): The 'D' mint mark, location depends on date of issue, see Paragraph 2 above.

S (San Francisco): The 'S' mint mark, location depends on date of issue, see Paragraph 2 above.

P (Philadelphia): The 'P' mint mark, location depends on date of issue, see Paragraph 2 above.


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