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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-1105 VP-001 DDO-005 FS-021.5 
5CMS1938 D JEFFERSON-       
5CMS1939 REV OF 38-       
5CMS1939 REV OF 40-       
5CMS1939 DDR REV OF 40$15FS-801 VP-001 DDR-001 FS-022 
5CMS1939 QDR REV OF 40$15FS-802 VP-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-501 VP-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-101 VP-001 DDO-002 FS-025 
5CMS1942 DDO NICKEL$15FS-102 VP-002 DDO-003 FS-026 
5CMS1942 D/HORIZ D$15FS-501 VP-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-103 VP-003 DDO-013   
5CMS1943 P DDO$15FS-106 VP-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 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   
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 DDR$15FS-801 VP-001 DDR-001 FS-030 
5CMS1945 P TDR$15FS-803 VP-002 DDR-003 FS-030.3 
5CMS1945 P/P/P TDR$15FS-804 VP-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-501 VP-001 RPM-002 FS-031 
5CMS1946 S DDO$15FS-101 VP-001 DDO-001 FS-031.5 
5CMS1949 D/S$15FS-501 VP-001 OMM-001 FS-032 
5CMS1954 D/D$15FS-501   RPM-003   
5CMS1954 S/D$15FS-501 VP-001 OMM-001 FS-033 
5CMS1954 S/S$15FS-502 VP-002 RPM-001 FS-033.1 
5CMS1954 S DDR$15FS-801  DDR-002    
5CMS1955 D/S-       
5CMS1955 D/S$15FS-501 VP-001 OMM-001 FS-034 
5CMS1956 QDR$15FS-801 VP-001 DDR-018 FS-035.2 
5CMS1956 TDR$15FS-802 VP-002 DDR-024 FS-035.6 
5CMS1963 TDR$15FS-801 VP-001 DDR-080 FS-037.3 
5CMS1964 DDO$15VP-001      WDDO-24
5CMS1964 D/D$15FS-501 VP-001 RPM-005 FS-037.5 
5CMS2004 P HANDSHAKE$15DDO FS-101 VP-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-101 VP-001 DDO-001 FS-032.5 
5CPF1953 DDO$15FS-101 VP-001 DDO-001 FS-032.7 
5CPF1955 TDR$15FS-801 VP-001 DDR-001 FS-035 
5CPF1956 DDO$15FS-102   DDO-002 FS-035.4 
5CPF1957 QDO$15FS-101 VP-001 DDO-004 FS-035.8 
5CPF1960 QDR$15FS-801 VP-001 DDR-001 FS-036 
5CPF1964 TDR$15FS-801   DDR-024   
5CSP1964 -       
5CPF1968 S DDO$15VP-002      WDDO-001
5CPF1968 S/S$15FS-501 VP-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-101 VP-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