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The 1951 Denver Jefferson:
( You can also view all this in Ngc Registry)
This year was no different, like most 50's & 60's minted Jeffersons.  When collectors out there were looking for
quality' they had their work cut-out for them.  When the US Mint back in that time-era  pumped out
millions of these,officials never took the time to inspect them.The very few that does show half decent quality
will most certainly cost you some money obtaining them.
As of 2011:
After referencing, I've noticed with the Top 2 Grading Services in our country, (NGC and PCGS),  there
was a Combining Total of  (1,178) that was Certified, with only (55) that reached the MS-67 Level.
August 2017 Update:
In just 6 years-  NGC Total Graded 738  where now (77) have graded MS-67 
PCGS Total Graded 1,523 where only (13) are at the MS67 Level.   / Its pretty obvious that Pcgs shows more value
than Ngc on this date. I think most collectors are standing back and see how Ngc handles all this- hopefully for
the better.

Entries in this journal

The 1939-P Jefferson (Type 1) Reverse of 1938 in MS67

The Philadelphia mint generated a whopping 120 million nickels in 1939 but only about 10% of them were with the reverse of 1938. The 1939-P Jefferson had such a huge mintage where it clearly reflects that both the obverse and reverse master hubs were revised from the 1938 coinage,the obverse at the beginning of 1939 and the reverse a little later.Searching for 1939-P Rev of 38 nickels are relatively scarce across allgrades,heavily worn pieces are mostly indistinguishable as to their reverse

1939-S Jefferson Reverse of 1940 in MS-67

The Reverse of 1940 just doesnt measure up in quality like the Reverse of 1938 from the San Francisco Mint. Most in this type the dies were worn and just didnt show eye appeal that well. It has been quite sometime since my last post but I had to show this beautiful coin. This was haunting me for years trying to find one in this grade. When I came across this 1939-S Reverse of 40 in MS-67 grade I had to take that second look. Why this particular coin is special to me is because of the rare qu

The 1956 Denver Fullstep Jefferson

It took me years searching for this fullstep nickel. Like most Jefferson nickels in the 1950s finding one with complete fullsteps is very challenging,regardless of grade.My MS67 is a beauty in itself finding one in MS-66FS is the ultimate for me. In reference to David Bowers he mentioned that throughout the annals of the five cent piece,the Denver Mint has earned the lowest marks for quality of its coins.Finding any that show full details will be very challenging to find. I belie

1952 San Francisco Fullstep Nickel

I came across an wanted to show you this 1952-S Jefferson w/steps. There I go the bug is still alive in me and doing fine.I knew this 1952-S Jefferson was a semi-key,due to the fact thatmost were so weakly struck in the center explaining why fullstepsare so elusive and hard to find in the first place.Searching for any in MS66-FS,the premium would be extremely spendy. Ebay has two sellers wanting 6 to 8 K in MS66-FS. I am settling for this on it was alot easier on the pocketbook and it looks ju

The Overlooked 1950-Philadelphia Nickel

The Mintage in this year was low, and finding any with a nice strike with five fullsteps are very scarce. There has not been any six fullsteps found to date. Having just recently pulled out my raw Jeff-collection I wanted to see if any of these nickels were going to qualify for Ngc strict grading methods, especially in the fullstep area. Sending in(5)coins a couple weeks ago,I have recieved these back and I wanted to share this one particular Jefferson nickel to you. The 1950-P was the

1968-S JEFFERSON, MS64-FS Business Strike

* Full Step Rarity * If you know this date you will understand the importance of a full step coin for the 1968-S Jefferson nickel.In this year they are super scarce in any grade with fullsteps and is considered rare among the rare. With this coin showing stunningly clean steps it is not far from being the first 6 step coin for this date and mint. It was much easier on my pocketbook purchasing it at this grade for the value on these skyrockets as the grade gets higher. Currently on Ebay

I wanted to say Congratulations to this years 2013 Registry winners.

Each winning member has a unique way of expressing themselves about their collection. These members seized the opportunity to showcase their talents within the Ngc Registry, and I am certain each one deserved their award. Ngc has grown significantly over the years where these awards honor each member who has provided a truly outstanding collection.Its getting better each year. I enjoy viewing/reading these,for each member has a unique way of expressing themselves in their collection. I hope

The 1952 P Jefferson Nickel

Finding another like this may never happen to me again. The designer Betsy Ross, presenting our new flag to George Washington,from a painting by Charles Weisberger. On January 1,1952 the U.S.Post Office issued a stamp to honor and being the 200th anni- versary of our flag as well.I have a photo in my listings for your enjoyment. From the Buffalo and the Jefferson Red Book David Bowers commented that trying to find any that show sharp details will definitely take alot searchi

The Elusive 1955 Jefferson in Quality Condition-

I had to go back and check this coin again, thinking that perhaps my eyes were playing tricks with me,but there it was! This Jefferson caught my eye,a very nice find! In 1955 most all Philadelphia minted Jeffersons were poorly made,showing alot of nicks and roughness. This coin is a condition rarity in MS66 and above. Having spent a great deal of time trying to locate one with nice fullsteps with no success, I decided it would be best searching these that show rare eye appeal,for 1955

The 1938 San Francisco Jefferson 5c piece

Early minted San Francisco nickel with those Elusive Fullsteps The 1938-San Francisco nickel with those elusive fullsteps! Of all the three mints' it was the San Francisco mint that had the lowest population in this year along with a very weak step area to go with it. Trying to find nice gems like this one has always been tough on collectors. I was surprized when referencing this coin' that another former member, Hoot! also had this coin. He won two awards in the best presented ca


In 2005 a 'Speared Bison' Denver Nickel Found in Texas! This created quite a craze back then. This is not considered a variety at all, but it is a great die gouge of modern find. Pcgs calls it a Speared Bison, where Ngc only recognized this as a die gouge, nonetheless- It is still important enough and worthy of attention in the Jefferson Series. How many may still be out there in rolls? Future Price Values? Will this Die-flawed Bison still grab the attention of new collectors starting


B. Nagengast: True Gem full-strikes in this year are getting more difficult to find than the 1946-S-1948-S and 1949-S. The San Francisco Mint in 1947 produced almost 25 million nickels where the appearance of most coins showed a dull greyish look to them. Sifting thru nickel-rolls can become frustrating at times,however with determined effort your excitement intensifies having finally found one for your collection. This Jefferson nickel came from my raw-nickel collection,and decided to

The 1964 Denver Jefferson nickel

During the 75 year run in the Jefferson Series so far- Less than (10) coins were certified in the Top (2) Grading Services in this grade with fullsteps and higher! I find it very hard to fathom how the US Mint could pump-out 1,787,297,160 of these denver nickels for circulation leaving extremely low mintstate examples to show for it. I feel very fortunate able to obtain one of these. It is quite obvious the officials in charge of our countrys coinage was not showing concern or interest in sav


This Jefferson Variety Nickel is the only Large S at this grade level in the NGC Jeff-Registry. Here is a Jefferson Variety that is becoming very popular due to its limited supply in higher grades.   A Well known Author Bernard Nagengast mentioned in the Jeff-Nickel Analyst that 10 dies were made to create the 1941-S Jefferson nickel. From all those dies only 1 was a mistakenly struck mintmark that brought about this incredible variety.When in search for these,always remember to loupe-i

Thank You, NGC

I just seen and wanted to let you know. I just seen and wanted to let you know that I appreciated the recognition that you gave me for this award. I also want to extend my congratulations to all the award-winners this year! I am in hope that I will find the best examples to complete this Jefferson collection. I wish Ngc and all the members here the very best this new year. Jim Berline To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

Happy New Year and Great News to all at NGC

I called NGC about the Obscured Sets in our Registry I called NGC early this morning on something thats been frustrating me for quite sometime. I have always felt Ngc would like to see all their members share and view each others coins, wherein return everyone being equal an getting all the benefits this great company has to offer. NGC,just emailed me back a few minutes ago mentioning that they couldnt promise a obscured set would never be selected, but did says starting this year (2013

1951 (P)hiladelphia MS-66 with Fullsteps!

This piece is simply one of the Best when it comes to Jefferson Nickels with fullsteps. The NGC service has graded no 1951 Jefferson Nickels higher than this coin. It is one of 16 coins that have achieved the MS66FS grade out of over 28 million minted! Quite a coin! PCGS Price Guide Value: $2,350Here is one Tough-Date that is not only hard to acquire in a quality strike, but also elusive to find with fullsteps.Ngcis considered the most strict of the Top 2 grading serviceswhen it comes to grad


I wanted to put in one of my journals again to let starting/ beginning collectors realize by checking around in Antique Stores,yard and estate sales you may find the coin you have been searching for in your collection. Head to the Beach,look where people have Lunch along the viewpoints there. Check out the old parks in your city or town. Old school playgrounds is a great place to use a metal detector also. Get out and take a hike in the forests on those wilderness trails,keep an eye open for

1939 San Francisco (Reverse of 40) Jefferson In Fullsteps!

This scarce nickel shows a Mirror-Like look to it! These 1939-D and 1939-S Reverses are very tough to find with nice full steps.I almost gave up that any were still out there. These coins look just as nice as the 1938 minted coins. However some are seen with an offluster with a weak strike. Finding a nice quality strike like this are rare, and when you add-in the fact it being a Full-Step,gets even Rarer yet! The Light "Kinda Bounces-back" from the reverse side. A Quality Pure Gem Nickel.


There are many ways to collect in this Jefferson Series. It was the Official Red Book where I found one of Americas Greatest designer/sculptor,Felix Oscar Schlag. What brought my attention collecting Jefferson nickels was his life history. Felix had a relentess determination which ended up his winning his design for our country.Ive found that this Jefferson Series was so diverse in so many ways,I wanted to get a Little of Everything, for my collection.   From Quality Mintstate,Variety,Pr

2004-P Handshake/Peace Jefferson Nickel

The Jefferson Handshake! Thomas Jefferson probably didn't realize it at the time that signing/purchasing the Lousiana agreement with France was one of the largest land deals in history. Amazing was the fact' was how he got this much land for so little cost. Nevertheless'(swinging this' land agreement) was Jeffersons greatest achievement while in office. Our United States of America almost doubled in its size. The books I've read about this Great Statesman, he was so talented and gifted wit


Its as Rare or possibly Rarer, than the 1939-Denver! Finding this 1939-S Jefferson Graded-MS67 By NGC,took me by Surprize! I realized I just found a very scarce Jefferson Reverse that was always considered/expensive issue,right-along with its sibling, the Reverse of 1940. Not many of these Exist or Certified in this MS67 Grade. Where with Both Grading-Services, PCGS And NGC Together-Less than 25 are in this Grade,as of July 2011. The Reverse of 38s are Beautiful Nickles, but then finding o


Let's not get this Confused,,, To some of you younger collectors' out there, I'm not Referring' to the "All Terrain Vehicle, also known as the "QUAD" four wheeler!(Not,that Felix wouldn't have had fun, but'thats another story) > Lets get back to our Rare Variety Nickel! There actually is a 1939 Quad Reverse Jefferson,which is similar to the 1939-(DDR) Jeff- Variety, An'yes, the (DDR) still more holds more popular/demand than this (QDR),however' I really think this Die #2 (QDR)is much Ra


These Low pop Jefferson varieties deserve recognition. There were no San Francisco minted coins that were produced in 1955, apparently thou, there were some Mintmark Dies that the Top Officials at the Mint did not want to scrap-out. So they sent all these Dies to the Denver Mint,stamping again.But this time with the Denver Die,creating alot of confusion to go with it. There were at least (10) Different-Dies identified,however only (1) Die stood-out among all, it being the most prominent D

1945-San Francisco Jefferson Proof-like War Nickel

ONLY (10) CERTIFIED DURING THE WAR YEARS FROM 1942-1945 These early dated Prooflike Jeffs were very limited,and only certified thru Ngc in a Proof-Like Grade.Pcgs never Certified any. NGC has only one in this grade/yr. There was just a tiny handful (10) total, that were certified during World War Two, from the years 1942-1945 . PS: Heres a stunning photo of this coin that resides in my NGC Custom-Set Collection.   Jim/jb4gpo/ To see old comments for this Journal entry, click