NGC Special Attribution and Labels for 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel

Posted on 4/8/2020

This is the first Reverse Proof Nickel to feature the "W" mintmark of the West Point Mint. Special submission instructions must be followed. See the "Submission Instructions" section of this article.

The first-ever “W” Mint Mark Nickel was released in February 2020. Now, the US Mint is including a 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel with all purchases of the 2020 United States Mint Silver Proof Set that goes on sale April 17, 2020. This is the first Reverse Proof Nickel to feature the “W” mint mark of the West Point Mint.

NGC is open and fully operational to certify these coins when they are released. This particular nickel is being celebrated with a special attribution of First “W” Reverse Proof Nickel, as well as the NGC West Point Gold Star Label, both provided for no additional fee. NGC’s popular Early Releases and First Releases designations and labels are also available, as well as the Thomas Jefferson Special Label.

The 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel with the NGC West Point Gold Star Label, Early Releases Label and Thomas Jefferson Special Label
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As the name indicates, the Mint’s Reverse Proof finish is the opposite of the Proof finish. The reflective luster is applied to the design elements (Jefferson’s portrait, the words on the coin, the year and mint mark), while the background is frosted, thus creating a matte contrast with the polished design surfaces.

The “W” mint mark is significant for the nickel because 2020 is the first year that the nickel has ever been struck at the West Point Mint, which typically produces commemorative and bullion coins made from precious metals.

The 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel will be packaged separately as an accompaniment to the 2020 US Mint Silver Proof Set, which includes a silver dime, five silver quarters and a silver half dollar, as well as Proof examples of the cent, nickel and dollar. These coins will all feature the “S” mint mark of the San Francisco Mint with the silver coins being struck in .999 fine silver.

After the Reverse Proof, there will be one more 2020-W Nickel. The last nickel in the trio will have an Uncirculated finish and be included with purchases of the 2020 US Mint Uncirculated Coin Set that goes on sale May 12.

Submission Instructions

  • Note: The 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel does not have to be submitted with the entire 2020 Silver Proof Set; however, all coins submitted must be graded.
  • Submit the 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel and 2020 Silver Proof Set coins under the Modern grading tier or higher.
  • If you would like Mint packaging returned, select the “Return Mint Packaging” box on the NGC Submission Form. The fee is $5 plus the cost of shipping.

The following attribution and designations are available for the 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel:

Attribution and Designation options Fee Directions
First "W" Reverse Proof Nickel Free By default
Early Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
(No releases designation) Free Upon request

The following labels are available for the 2020-W Reverse Proof Nickel:

Label options Fee Directions

West Point Gold Star #391
Free By default (The Early Releases and First Releases designations are also available with this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.)

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12) Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form. Otherwise, West Point Gold Star #391 will be used.

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12) Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form. Otherwise, West Point Gold Star #391 will be used.

Thomas Jefferson Label #563
+$5 per coin Select Special Label in Box 7 and enter Thomas Jefferson Label #563 on your submission form. (The First Releases and Early Releases designations are also available with this label for an additional $12 fee, if applicable.)

NGC Standard Brown #377
Free Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at service@NGCcoin.com or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

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Bulk Submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.

Another attractive option for bulk submissions is the NGC Donna Weaver Signature Label. Donna Weaver is the sculptor of the nickel obverse, and her initials are featured on the coin. For more information about the NGC Donna Weaver Signature Label, click here.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at Sheller@NGCcoin.com or 941-360-3990 or Miles Standish at Miles@NGCcoin.com or 949-922-0515.


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