Friday, July 11, 2008

Overlooking Nickels

Do you have a nickel and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Well I hardly get to post anything about Jefferson nickels because until 2004 they did not change for 65 years. That can be considered a good thing since you can have a 1938 nickel in your change and it would look identical to a 1998 nickel.

In my searches I have found several 1939 nickels in my pocket change, as well as silver wartime nickels. Recently I found two older nickels but don't get too excited because except for a few errors and varieties the only key finds would be the 1939-D and the 1950-D which I've never found.



Before 1968 the mintmarks were positioned on the reverse to the right of Monticello ( the building on the back). The wartime nickels have the mintmark over Monticello. From 1968 to date the mintmark is positioned on the front.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Cents/United States
Year: 1941
Mintage: 203,265,000
Metal: 75% Copper 25% Nickel
Value: $0.20 in VF-20

Type/Country: 5 Cents/United States
Year: 1956
Mintage: 35,216,000
Metal: 75% Copper 25% Nickel
Value: $0.10 in VF-20

Yes it is true, for now, that the nickel has a melt value of $0.058 but trying to get this value is almost impossible because most scrap metal buyers take 20% - 40% off the metal value so at the end it's not even possible to make a profit from metal value.

Update: March 2013 nickels are at $0.0497 cents, below face value again.

Do you have a nickel and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

30 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

mlssa25 said...

I have a 2007 nickel that is missing the (E) in E Pluribus Unum have you heard of this error before? Thank you! Melissa

Man said...

2007 nickel that is missing the (E) in E Pluribus Unum have you heard of this error before?

Yes this sounds like a Struck Through Grease error it is very common.
It's about $0.10.

Anonymous said...

My son found a double sided 'new' Jefferson nickel 2006D, with 2 heads. Is this valuable?

Man said...

'new' Jefferson nickel 2006D, with 2 heads.

This type of error is not possible what you have is magician's coin no numismatic value.

You can buy them at magic shops for $3 to $5.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1947 nickel. Whats its value?

Man said...

1947 nickel

About $0.15 in fine.

Dustin said...

i have a couple nickels here to check.

1964-D
1964-S

Thanks

Man said...

nickels here to check.

1964-D about $0.05 in very-fine.

1964-S does not exist. A fake.

Dustin said...

sorry i meant 1946-S

Man said...

1946-S

It's about $0.40 in very-fine.

Anonymous said...

I have a jefferson nickel that has the "monticello" building and print in a mirrowed image across the front of the coin. Is this coin valuable and how does this occur?

Man said...

jefferson nickel that has the "monticello" building and print in a mirrowed image across the front of the coin. Is this coin valuable and how does this occur?

This is called Die Clash and happens when no coin is in place when both sides are stamped. Instead the stamps hit each other leaving an impression that gets transferred over to the coin.

It has little to no extra value. Maybe $1.00 in high grade.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i have a 1945 nickel with a letter 'P' under 'E Pluribus Unum'.i was wondering how much is it worth? thxs!

Man said...

1945 nickel with a letter 'P' under 'E Pluribus Unum' about $0.50

Anonymous said...

i found a 1950 GEORGIVS V1 DEl GRATIA REX nickel is it worth anything?

Man said...

1950 GEORGIVS V1 DEl GRATIA REX nickel about $0.20

Anonymous said...

I have a 1945 P nickel that is extremely shinny and smooth is it worth anything? Thank you

Man said...

1945 P nickel that is extremely shinny and smooth is it worth anything?

Not sure what you mean but if you mean a high grade coin then about $8.00 in mint state.

Anonymous said...

I dont know anything about coins.I found it in my coin jar and it stood out to me.It looked out. almost looks fake. It was so bright i thought it had to be a new coin and then i saw the date of 1945. Just wondering if it had any value.

Man said...

i thought it had to be a new coin and then i saw the date of 1945. Just wondering if it had any value.

It is silver unlike most nickel so it has a slightly brighter color. So around $8.00 is right maybe half that if not sharp.

Anonymous said...

I found a nickel today that has the Monticello building on both sides. I'm pretty sure this is a fake, but you never know.

Man said...

nickel today that has the Monticello building on both sides. I'm pretty sure this is a fake, but you never know.

Correct this type of error is not really possible.

It's a magician's coin with no collectors value but is commonly sold in magic shops for about $5.00.

Anonymous said...

how much would an uncirculated 1934 blue eagle stamped one dollar bill be worth

Man said...

uncirculated 1934 blue eagle stamped one dollar bill

About $60.00 I don't know what you mean by blue eagle stamped.

Anonymous said...

I have a nickel with Monticello building in vertical position and not normal horizontal. When i turn the coin straight across- the builing is sideways. Is that rare?

Man said...

a nickel with Monticello building in vertical position and not normal horizontal. When i turn the coin straight across- the builing is sideways. Is that rare?

This is a Rotated Die error and they are not common.

If circulated they average about $20.00 for a 90 degree rotation.

Anonymous said...

Shiny 1849 double eagle

Man said...

Shiny 1849 double eagle

Fake, only metal value.

Only 1 exists so all others are known fakes.

Anonymous said...

2013 P
Liberity nickel

Man said...

2013 P
Liberity nickel


Just $0.05