Description and Analysis

Jefferson Five Cents
1946 D 5C MS

Description & Analysis

Of the three U. S. Mints active at the time, Denver consistently produced the best looking coins, and this continued through most of the 1950s. As a result, the percentages of 5FS or 6FS nickels are proportionally higher than for Philadelphia and San Francisco coins. The 1946 D nickel is readily available in higher grades, though it becomes somewhat scarce at the MS 67 level.

The standout variety for this issue is a repunched mintmark variety in which the first impression was made with the D upside down. This variety is both quite popular and genuinely rare in Mint State. A few additional RPMs are noted for 1946 D, but these attract little attention.