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1938 to Date Jefferson Nickels

The Jefferson Nickel was designed by Felix Schlag and first produced beginning in 1938. All three mints turned out vast quantities of Jefferson nickels until 1954, when San Francisco halted production for 14 years, resuming only from 1968 to 1970. Since 1970, all nickels for circulation have been minted at Philadelphia and Denver.

From 1942 to 1945 a so called Wartime composition nickels were produced. These coins are 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese. These coins are usually a bit darker than regular nickels, due to their manganese content. These wartime Jefferson nickels feature a large mint mark located above Monticello's dome on the reverse. When the price of silver rose in the 1960s the war nickels quickly disappeared from circulation.

1956 Jefferson Nickel      1956 Jefferson Nickel reverse

1956 Jefferson Nickel

The U.S. Mint began the Westward Journey Nickel Series in 2004. The coins in this special program commemorate the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of the Lewis and Clark to explore this vast area. These special coins were made in 2004 and 2005 and can be found in circulation today.

Jefferson nickels are one of the easiest sets of any denomination to collect from circulation. One can still find coins from the 1940s in circulation on occasion. The best place to purchase key date Jefferson Nickels is at eBay. Only the 1939-D, 1939-S, 1950-D demand higher prices but only in the higher grades. You should be able to find a nice specimen for your collection in the $10.00 or less range. All other can be purchased in bulk, rolls etc on eBay and is a great way to start your collection.

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