1964 Jefferson Nickel Image
1944-P War Time Silver Jefferson Nickel Image
JEFFERSON NICKELS (1938-PRESENT)
New Obverse 2006
New Obverse 2004-05
Keel Boat Reverse 2004
Peace Shield Reverse 2004
Bison Reverse 2005
Ocean View Reverse 2005
Cherry Picker's List:

1939 Reverse of 38'
1939 Reverse of 40'
1939 Jefferson Nickel Doubled Monticello and FIVE CENTS on reverse.
1939 Double Monticello
1941-D Doubled D mint mark.
1941-S Large-S mint mark.
1942-D D mint mark punched over-horizontal D mint mark.
1942-D Over horizontal D
1943 3 over 2
1943-P LIBERTY, the date and Lincoln’s eye is doubled.
1944-D/S Jefferson Nickel Variety1 and 2 with 2 as the most valuable.
1945 Double Die Reverse
1946-S  Doubling of the date and LIBERTY.
1946-D
1946-D/Horizontal D
1949-D/S
1950-D Low mintage year. In highest (MS67-MS69) mint state grades is most valuable.
1954-S/D
1954-S Mint mark S struck over D.
1955-D D mint mark punched over S mint mark.
1955-D/S
1964-D Doubled D mint mark.
1964-D In E PLURIBUS UNUM the B in PLURIBUS is a D instead.
1965-1967 SMS Look for cameo examples.
1990-D    Missing the designers initials FS.
2004-P     Double Die Obverse.
2005-D   Speared bison reverse New design Jefferson nickel. Picture
2005-P   “Hump Back” Bison reverse, the bison has extra metal on its’ back.

Notes:
In 1938 the Buffalo Nickel design was retired for the Jefferson Nickel design. The design depicts a profile portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the obverse and Monticello on the reverse. The composition has always been 75% copper and 25% nickel, but during the time frame of WWII the composition changed to 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese.

The design remained the same until 2004 when the US mint decided to make design changes with different themes. The Jefferson profile was changed to a facing portrait, and the reverses realized the biggest changes when the Indian Peace Medal, and Keel Boat reverses commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 2005 the reverse saw the return of the buffalo on the nickel, and an Ocean View design called so from the final diary entry in Clark's diary.

NICKEL PLANCHETS (1938-1942)
Specifications:

Designer: Felix Schlag

Diameter: 21.2 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 75%
Nickel - 25%

Weight: 5 grams

Edge: Plain

Mint mark: None (for Philadelphia) to the
right of the building on the reverse.

The Jefferson Nickel WARTIME (1942-1945)

Designer: Felix Schlag

Diameter: 21.2 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 56%
Silver - 35%
Manganese - 9%

Weight: 5 grams

Edge: Plain

Mint mark: "P" (for Philadelphia) above the building on the reverse


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