Jefferson Nickel Values, Errors, & Key Dates


The Jefferson Nickel was issued 1938 - present. It has a face value of .05 and a weight of 5g. The original engraver was Felix O Schlag and the Jefferson Nickel was made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. Earlier issues of the Jefferson Nickel's have a quality known as FS or Full Steps. Full step versions of this coin increase the value significantly. Full steps do not dictate the coins grade but are rather an additional feature that many serious nickel collectors require. "Full steps" refer to the steps on Monticello. Monticello is Thomas Jefferson's primary plantation that is still located in Albemarle County, Virginia. The edges of this coin are smooth like that of the penny, and not reeded.

Jefferson Nickel

The Jefferson Nickel was issued 1938 - present. It has a face value of .05 and a weight of 5g. The original engraver was Felix O Schlag and the Jefferson Nickel was made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. Earlier issues of the Jefferson Nickel's have a quality known as FS or Full Steps. Full step versions of this coin increase the value significantly. Full steps do not dictate the coins grade but are rather an additional feature that many serious nickel collectors require. "Full steps" refer to the steps on Monticello. Monticello is Thomas Jefferson's primary plantation that is still located in Albemarle County, Virginia. The edges of this coin are smooth like that of the penny, and not reeded. If you found this page useful please share it with your friends.

Most valuable coins in this series. Listed price based off high end state (MS+). Scroll down to see all.

$250 1938 Jefferson Nickel
$250 1964 D Jefferson Nickel
$180 1964 Jefferson Nickel

Known errors. Coins in order by date. To learn more about each error simply click on the read more link.

1943 Steel Cent Planchet 1943 Jefferson Nickel struck on a steel cent planchet. A Jefferson Nickel accidentall...
Struck on Penny Planchet Jefferson Nickel struck on a Copper Penny planchet error. A strange looking coin if I...
Double Die

Double Die Nickel errors occur when the die strikes the nickel planchet more than ...

Key and Semi-Key Dates to remember and note. Based on various factors. Coin rarity, supply demmand, and more.

1964 1964 is a key date as the coins mint mark would move from the reverse to the obverse ...
1964 D 1964 D is a key date as the coins mint mark would move from the reverse to the obvers...
1938 1938 was the first year the Thomas Jefferson Nickels were produced. These coins are k...
Full Steps Full Steps Nickels are of key importance. Look for (FS) Full Steps on Monticello....

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From the years 1938 to 1964 the mint mark was on the reverse on the far right next to Monticello. This is the rule with an exception made for wartime nickels minted from 1942-1945. Wartime Nickels mint mark is on the reverse top center, only wartime nickels have an actual P mark. After 1964 the mint mark was moved to the obverse (front) of the Nickel.

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