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Jefferson Nickels (1938 to date)

Though a popular design even in its own time, the Indian Head/Buffalo Nickel was tough on dies, and the U. S. Mint was eager to replace it with something more practical as soon as its statutory production of 25 years had been achieved. An open competition for a coin depicting Thomas Jefferson and his self-designed home, Monticello, was won by Felix Schlag. Only his obverse was used, however, as the Mint substituted an elevation view of the house in place of Schlag’s dramatic perspective. Again, the primary concern was practicality and maximizing die life.

Coined in very large numbers from its inception, the Jefferson Nickel series includes no rarities within the normal date/mint entries. There are condition rarities, however, particularly with respect to coins being fully struck. For certain issues, Jefferson Nickels displaying fully wrought steps on Monticello are all but unknown and command significant premiums. Only recently has this series gained much popularity with date/mint collectors, with a particular emphasis being placed on such top quality pieces.

The variety collector will find many items of interest in this long-running series. A great number of repunched mintmarks are known, though many are detectable only with magnification. Of more widespread popularity are the 1943/2-P overdate, the D/S and S/D varieties and several prominent doubled dies.

NGC will attribute the most important varieties in the series described in VarietyPlus. These include most of those listed in The Cherrypickers’ Guide, as well as selected ones from the references listed below.

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusCohenCONECAFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)Wexler
5CMS1938 DDO$15FS-1101  DDO-002 FS-021 
5CMS1938 QDO$15FS-1105VP-001 DDO-005 FS-021.5 
5CMS1938 D JEFFERSON-       
5CMS1939 REV OF 38-       
5CMS1939 REV OF 40-       
5CMS1939 DDR REV OF 40$15FS-801VP-001 DDR-001 FS-022 
5CMS1939 QDR REV OF 40$15FS-802VP-002 DDR-002 FS-022.5 
5CMS1939 D REV OF 38-       
5CMS1939 D DDO REV OF 38$15VP-001  DDO-001   
5CMS1939 D REV OF 40-       
5CMS1939 S REV OF 38-       
5CMS1939 S REV OF 40-       
5CMS1940 S/S$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-001   
5CMS1941 D/D$15FS-501  RPM-003 FS-024.3 
5CMS1941 S SMALL S$15       
5CMS1941 S LARGE S$15    FS-501FS-024.5 
5CMS1942 NICKEL-       
5CMS1942 DDO NICKEL$15FS-101VP-001 DDO-002 FS-025 
5CMS1942 DDO NICKEL$15FS-102VP-002 DDO-003 FS-026 
5CMS1942 D/HORIZ D$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-001 FS-027 
5CMS1942 P/P SILVER$15FS-501  RPM-008   
5CMS1942 S/S/S$15FS-501  RPM-001   
5CMS1942 S/S$15VP-001  RPM-012   
5CMS1943/2 P- VP-001 DDO-003FS-101FS-028 
5CMS1943 P DDO$15FS-103VP-003 DDO-013   
5CMS1943 P DDO$15FS-106VP-002 DDO-006 FS-029 
5CMS1943 P/P$15VP-004  RPM-014   
5CMS1943 P/P/P$15VP-005  RPM-015   
5CMS1943 P/P$15VP-006  Not listed?   
5CMS1943 P/P$15VP-007  RPM-004   
5CMS1943 P/P$15VP-008  RPM-025   
5CMS1943 D/D$15VP-001  RPM-001   
5CMS1944 P/P$15VP-001  RPM-001   
5CMS1944 D/D$15FS-501  RPM-001   
5CMS1944 D/D$15VP-001  RPM-004   
5CMS1944 S/S$15VP-001  RPM-001   
5CMS1945 P/P$15VP-004  RPM-003   
5CMS1945 P/P$15VP-006  RPM-005   
5CMS1945 P/P$15VP-007  RPM-004   
5CMS1945 P/P$15VP-008  RPM-002   
5CMS1945 P/P$15VP-009  RPM-017   
5CMS1945 P DDR$15FS-801VP-001 DDR-001 FS-030 
5CMS1945 P TDR$15FS-803VP-002 DDR-003 FS-030.3 
5CMS1945 P/P/P TDR$15FS-804VP-003 RPM-001, DDR-004 FS-030.5 
5CMS1945 P TDR$15FS-804 LDS  TDR-004   
5CMS1945 P DDR$15VP-005  DDR-007   
5CMS1945 D/D$15FS-501  RPM-014   
5CMS1945 D/D/D$15VP-001  RPM-001   
5CMS1946 DDR$15FS-801  DDR-003   
5CMS1946 D/INVERT D$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-002 FS-031 
5CMS1946 S DDO$15FS-101VP-001 DDO-001 FS-031.5 
5CMS1949 D/S$15FS-501VP-001 OMM-001 FS-032 
5CMS1954 D/D$15FS-501  RPM-003   
5CMS1954 S/D$15FS-501VP-001 OMM-001 FS-033 
5CMS1954 S/S$15FS-502VP-002 RPM-001 FS-033.1 
5CMS1954 S/S$15VP-003  RPM-004   
5CMS1954 S DDR$15FS-801 DDR-002    
5CMS1955 D/S-       
5CMS1955 D/S$15FS-501VP-001 OMM-001 FS-034 
5CMS1956 QDR$15FS-801VP-001 DDR-018 FS-035.2 
5CMS1956 TDR$15FS-802VP-002 DDR-024 FS-035.6 
5CMS1962 DDR$15VP-001     WDDR-001
5CMS1963 TDR$15FS-801VP-001 DDR-080 FS-037.3 
5CMS1964 DDO$15VP-001     WDDO-024
5CMS1964 D/D$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-005 FS-037.5 
5CMS2004 P HANDSHAKE$15DDO FS-101VP-001 DDO-001   
5CMS2005 P BISON DDO$15FS-101  DDO-001   
5CPF1939 REV OF 38-       
5CPF1939 REV OF 40-       
5CPF1940 REV OF 38-       
5CPF1940 REV OF 40-       
5CPF1942 NICKEL-       
5CPF1942 P SILVER-       
5CPF1951 DDO$15FS-101VP-001 DDO-001 FS-032.5 
5CPF1953 DDO$15FS-101VP-001 DDO-001 FS-032.7 
5CPF1955 TDR$15FS-801VP-001 DDR-001 FS-035 
5CPF1956 DDO$15FS-102  DDO-002 FS-035.4 
5CPF1957 QDO$15FS-101VP-001 DDO-004 FS-035.8 
5CPF1960 QDR$15FS-801VP-001 DDR-001 FS-036 
5CPF1964 TDR$15FS-801  DDR-024   
5CSP1964 -       
5CPF1968 S DDO$15VP-002     WDDO-001
5CPF1968 S/S$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-002 FS-038 
5CPF1969 S/S$15FS-501  RPM-002   
5CPF1971 S DDR$15FS-801  DDR-028   
5CPF1971 NO S-    FS-501  
5CPF1979 S TYPE 1-       
5CPF1979 S TYPE 2-    FS-501  
5CPF1981 S TYPE 1-       
5CPF1981 S TYPE 2-    FS-501  
5CPF1990 S DDO$15FS-101VP-001 DDO-001   
5CSP1994 P-       
5CSP1997 P-       

* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Fivaz, Bill & J.T. Stanton. The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume 1. Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, 2009
Nagengast, Bernard A. The Jefferson Nickel Analyst. E & T Kointainer, 2002
Wexler, John A. & Brian Ribar. The Best of the Jefferson Nickel Doubled Die Varieties. Stanton Publishing, Savannah, GA, 2002
Wiles, James. The Jefferson Nickel RPM Book. CONECA, 2000
Wiles, James. The Jefferson Nickel RPM Book Update. CONECA, 2003