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Jefferson Nickel
Years of Production: 1938 to present
Compostion: Copper and nickel
Minted at: Jefferson nickels were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint.
Location of Mint Mark: Reverse side, right, between Monticello and rim.
Designer: The Jefferson nickel was designed by Felix Schlag.
Comments: The Jefferson Nickel was struck in silver during World War II to free up nickel for war production. Click coins at right to view obverse and reverse coin detail.

How much is my Jefferson Nickel worth? A nickel -- with a face value of 5 cents -- can be worth more depending on certain factors. Coin value is dependant on the coin's condition, often rated as Fair, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF) or Extremely Fine (EF or XF). Proof coins are specially struck coins with mirrored surfaces.

In addition to the quality of a coin, its value is also dependant on how rare it is. Below is a list of the approximate mintages of Jefferson Nickels.

1938 20 Million
1938-S 4 Million
1938-D 5 Million
1939 124 Million
1939-S 7 Million
1939-D 4 Million
1940 187 Million
1940-S 39 Million
1940-D 67 Million
1941 203 Million
1941-S 43 Million
1941-D 53 Million
1942 50 Million
1942-D 14 Million
1942-P (Silver) 58 Million
1942-S (Silver) 33 Million
1943-P (Silver) 271 Million
1943-S (Silver) 104 Million
1943-D (Silver) 15 Million
1944-P (Silver) 119 Million
1944-S (Silver) 22 Million
1944-D (Silver) 32 Million
1945-P (Silver) 119 Million
1945-S (Silver) 59 Million
1945-D (Silver) 37 Million
1946 161 Million
1946-S 14 Million
1946-D 45 Million
1947 95 Million
1947-S 25 Million
1947-D 38 Million
1948 89 Million
1948-S 11 Million
1948-D 45 Million
1949 61 Million
1949-S 10 Million
1949-D 37 Million
1950 10 Million
1950-D 3 Million
1951 29 Million
1951-S 8 Million
1951-D 21 Million
1952 64 Million
1952-S 21 Million
1952-D 31 Million
1953 47 Million
1953-S 19 Million
1953-D 60 Million
1954 48 Million
1954-S 29 Million
1954-D 117 Million
1955 8 Million
1955-D 75 Million
1956 35 Million
1956-D 67 Million
1957 40 Million
1957-D 137 Million
1958 18 Million
1958-D 168 Million
1959 28 Million
1959-D 161 Million
1960 57 Million
1960-D 193 Million
1961 77 Million
1961-D 229 Million
1962 101 Million
1962-D 280 Million
1963 179 Million
1963-D 277 Million
1964 1029 Million
1964-D 1787 Million
1965 136 Million
1966 156 Million
1967 107 Million
1968-D 91 Million
1968-S 103 Million
1969-D 202 Million
1969-S 123 Million
1970-D 516 Million
1970-S 241 Million
1971 107 Million
1971-D 316 Million
1972 202 Million
1972-D 352 Million
1973 384 Million
1973-D 261 Million
1974 602 Million
1974-D 277 Million

Coins - Nickels - Jefferson Nickel

Coin collecting or Numismatics rewards the hobbyist in many ways. Coin values can be strictly described as the monetary value or price of given coins; but the knowledge of history, economics and geography available to coin collectors makes coin collecting an invaluable experience well worth sharing with friends, children and grandchildren.

A coin collection need not start with particularly old, rare, or valuable coins of gold or silver. Young collectors are captivated by the unfamiliar designs of such standard American coins as the Indian Head Penny and the Buffalo Nickel. Representative examples of such quintessential coins can be obtained at minimal cost to novice collectors willing to accept coins with high mintages or some wear. Patient culling can be more economical than paying dealer prices. Such coins will help teach basic lessons in grading coins and help to fill up the empty slots in the novice's coin albums. The newly released State Quarters series and Sacagawea Dollars can also be interesting points of entry for young hobbyists discovering the world of coin collecting.

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