Thursday, August 07, 2008

Nickels Found None Were Nickles

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.

Very odd I only received three nickels in my change in the last three days and all are interesting enough to put aside. Two of the nickels are American and pre-1959 while the other is a Canadian nickel. Non are rare or valuable but it is nice to see some more older nickels still out there.

Some thing I noticed regarding nickels is the misspelling of the word. Many Canadians and certain young people who leave comments spell it nickle. As far as know I know there is no country that uses the word nickle. The origin of Canada's nickle spelling probably comes from William Folger Nickle who was a famed Canadian politician. Still Nickle is a proper name while nickel is an element and slang term for three and five cent coins.

Alternately "Nickle has been used in professional writing from around the country" according to Merriam-Webster but this is a variant form used by writers, but they sometimes need poetry to look good and that is the only excuse I would accept.

Off of my high horse and back to the coins.


The last U.S. nickel has some tape or rubber band gunk so I'm thinking of getting some acetone and removing it. I've never used the stuff but I'd like to try while I still have some free time. I will update if I go through with it. Since the coin is not rare or particularly valuable no loss if something goes wrong.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Cents / United States
Year: 1941
Mintage: 203,265,000
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Value: $0.10 in Fine

Type/Country: 5 Cents / Canada
Year: 2000
Mintage:105,868,000
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Value: $0.05 in Fine

Type/Country: 5 Cents / United States
Year: 1954D
Mintage: 117,183,060
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Value: $0.10 in Fine(although this one could be less)

On pre-1968 U.S. nickels the mintmark is on the reverse on the right of the building.

Do you have a Canada coin 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.

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

James UK said...

I tend to use Isopropyl Alcohol myself for cleaning anything "sticky". I think it's known as "de-natured" alcohol over there.

Less harsh than acetone, from what I remember.

HTH

Man said...

The usual procedure is soak in acetone then rinse with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, it is called denatured only by the old guys.

Anything below 91% is not good for coin luster. Acetone can be very dangerous which why I want to try.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if I am leaving this in the correct spot, but I couldn't find the area to post new questions.
I was just wondering how do you tell if a coin is worth anything? I have hundreds of coins (American, Canadian & a few from Bermuda)
Most of my coins are in GOOD shape & are from a variety of years ranging from the 1940’s to present. The ones I am mainly interested in are the pennies (both CAD. & USA) from the 1940’s & 1950’s. I also have a CAD. Quarter from 1941 & 2 USA Quarters from 1972 & 1973. Are they worth anything?
I also have a coin that looks like, but is a little larger than the CAD penny & it has “NEW PENNY 1” on one side with what looks like a crown with a gate & chains & on the other side is the Queen (just like our CAD. penny) there is no date, or country info. on this though, any ideas?

Man said...

Anywhere you post a comment is fine I read and answer them all.

I was just wondering how do you tell if a coin is worth anything?
I have the Red Book by Yeoman which you can get from the library or buy it at a bookstore.

Quarters from the 1940s from any country is worth about $11.00 because of the silver.

Quarter after 1965 are just face value unless perfect and untouched.

“NEW PENNY 1” on one side with what looks like a crown with a gate & chains & on the other side is the Queen

This is a British penny made after 1971 it is just about $0.05.


If you don't feel like buying a book just post and I'll answer

Here's how you should post...

U.S
Cent
1903
1941D

Dime
1941S
1972

Canada
Quarter
1954

Half
1965
1966

Bermuda
Cent
1971

And I'll give value in very fine.

Jeff said...

I picked up a 1950H $100 bill from the last week. Serial number H04900497A. Its not in mint condition, but its not in bad condition either.

Any idea on what it might be worth? Other than $100 ;)

Jeff said...

I lied.. the 1950 $100 bill I have is a series D. It is from St. Louis.. That is where I got the H from

Man said...

1950H $100 bill from the last week. Serial number H04900497A. Its not in mint condition,

No such thing as 1950H but judging by the serial number it's 1950D.
It's about $110.00.

Man said...

I was answering while you were updating but everyhting still stands.

Meeeee said...

No nickels or nickles, but I do have some dollar bills I traded out of my register at work.

One is a 2006 bill in decent condition (no rips or crease marks, a few wrinkles) with serial number C 00051512A. I have another with serial number C 66677474 A. I was just curious if these numbers were unique or interesting enough to be worth anything or if I should just spend them and I've only recently gotten into dollar bills (thanks to your journal XD).

Man said...

2006 bill in decent condition (no rips or crease marks, a few wrinkles) with serial number C 00051512A. I have another with serial number C 66677474 A

Your talking about Fancy Numbers and neither of these qualify. No extra value.

Flint Hills Rancher said...

Hey Man,

I have two crisp, uncirculated 1935 Silver Certificates, Serial Numbers Q27779814I and Q27779815I. What might they be worth, sir?

I very much appreciate your help.

FHR

Man said...

crisp, uncirculated 1935 Silver Certificates,

I'm assuming these are $1 bills from 1935-F series.
Serial Numbers
Q27779814I about $7.50
Q27779815I about $7.50

Anonymous said...

I have a canandian dollar that is half copper on the inside and silver around the edge how much is this worth?

Man said...

canandian dollar that is half copper on the inside and silver around the edge

Depends on year and design.

Anonymous said...

hi, i have a couple of coins that i would like to know if they have any worth. The first is a 1954 jefferson nickel, the nickel looks alot like a copper penny. there is hardly any silver that you can see on the nickel, on the reverse side it is pitted in a few places, like there were bubbles there and they popped or something, i dont know how to put pictures up here but i do have some. please let me know what I need to do next.

The other is a 1975 dime. it is overly shiny to look at, and the "liberty" is not right at all, it looks like the stamp slipped and the w in "in god we trust" is weird, the first leg of the w looks as though it was pushed over or something and there is a slit that goes from those words through the neck of the president. I have pics of that as well, but the coin is so shiny that the pic comes out almost black. it's strange. please let me know what you find. you can also e-mail me at ********@yahoo.com if you like.
thank you \
d

Anonymous said...

this is anonymous or ladypieces, i gave you the wrong e-mail. my yahoo id is ***********@yahoo, not ladypieces. I apologize for any inconvenience
d

Man said...

1954 jefferson nickel, the nickel looks alot like a copper penny. there is hardly any silver that you can see on the nickel, on the reverse side it is pitted in a few places, like there were bubbles there and they popped or something,

This sounds like damage due to fire, no extra value.

1975 dime. it is overly shiny to look at, and the "liberty" is not right at all, it looks like the stamp slipped and the w in "in god we trust" is weird, the first leg of the w looks as though it was pushed over or something and there is a slit that goes from those words through the neck of the president.

Sounds maybe like a proof that was damaged but it's hard to say.

If you want to post pictures just go to a free a photo site like imageshack or photobucket and then just drop a link in the comments.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1940 Canadian Nickel is it worth anything? I also have a 1949 US nickel is that worth anything?

Man said...

1940 Canadian Nickel about $0.20
1949 US nickel about $0.50

Anonymous said...

a 1941 penny is worth $50.00

Man said...

a 1941 penny is worth $50.00

No, unless the coin is a Proof-65 or a perfect MS-70.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1999 p nickel that when you turn it over the back is rotated by 90deg. Could you please tell me about it.
Thanks

Anonymous said...

I found a 1985 s in my change, it's really bright. I believe its from a proof set, is it worth anything more than 5 cents.

Man said...

1999 p nickel that when you turn it over the back is rotated by 90deg

This is a Rotated Reverse Error and there are some famous examples of 1999-P that run from 135-180 degrees. This one would be about $40.00 in about-uncirculated.

Man said...

1985 s in my change, it's really bright. I believe its from a proof set

Yes this one is from a proof set, but since it has been circulated it has a value of about $0.30 unless it happened to maintain a perfect unmarked surface then it may go up to $3.00.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1907 canadian half dollar. is it worth anything? thanks

Man said...

1907 canadian half dollar.

About $12.00 in very-good.

Anonymous said...

i have a 1959 canadian nickel with square-like edges. It is 12 sided. I doubt its of value but i would still like to be sure. i also have a 1919 s lincoln wheat penny which i believe is around 10 - 25 cents in okay condition. I am new to coins and would love some help. let me know. Merci!
Alex

Man said...

1959 canadian nickel with square-like edges. It is 12 sided. I doubt its of value but i would still like to be sure.
About $0.10 in very fine.

1919 s lincoln wheat penny which i believe is around 10 - 25 cents in okay condition. I
About $1.00 in fine. The 10 - 25 is in good and very good condition.
By look at the Wheat lines on the back is how to tell grade.
All Wheat lines weak then good.
Half the Wheat lines strong then very-good.
All the Wheat lines full then fine.

You seem to have a good knowledge and eye. Welcome.

Anonymous said...

found a Canadian nickel today with a rough pit that runs from the left maple left over the edge. Coin other wise looks brand new. The date is 1971?

Man said...

Canadian nickel today with a rough pit that runs from the left maple left over the edge. Coin other wise looks brand new. The date is 1971?

Sounds like a Struck Through Grease error or even damage. Both of these bring no extra value.

It also could be a Lamination error which may bring a few extra dollars but as far as I know nothing major.

Anonymous said...

I have an 1940 canadian nickel what is its worth

Man said...

1940 canadian nickel about $0.20