1938 Jefferson Nickel Errors

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Chuckylof23, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Chuckylof23

    Chuckylof23 Member

    Pretty cool find a circulated 1938 nickel and if anyone can help me with a couple questions about it I'd appreciate it. First off this is the first 38nickel I've held/seen/examined the feel and overall experience feels different from any other nickel I've come in contact tact with. The stairs on the reverse are in amazing shape for not only a circulated nickel but the first Jefferson Nickel made. Can any experts tell me here does this one look normal to you. On the reverse seems to be possible DDR at the end of UNITED and the beginning of States especially the S. Any Info would help and either way puts me now 3 coins shy of my 1938-61 Jefferson Nickel Circulated Collection

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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Looks like some sort of Doubling but I don't think it is Doubled Die Doubling
  4. Chuckylof23

    Chuckylof23 Member

    Paddy what's up brother good to hear from you. Hope all is well, and ty for your professional response. As you know my inexperience with error coins is great and not sure about many of them still learning. So what does some sort mean I didn't know there were other types of doubling. Also what would u grade the coin and anything other info on your opinion or experience would be appreciated
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  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Doubled Die Doubling is true Doubling.
    Then there is MD Mechanical Doubling and DDD Die Deterioration Doubling.
    Sorry but I'm a Attributer not a grader :( I have thousands of coins and never graded any of them on my own.
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  6. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    The pics are hard to tell, what doubling is there as Paddy said.
    This should help you in your search.
    http://varietyvista.com/04a JN DD Vol 1/DDRs 1938.htm

    Your Jefferson looks real nice the big mark behind his head will keep it from straight grading. It is a great circulation find. congrats.
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  7. Chuckylof23

    Chuckylof23 Member

    Thanks Pick, neatest part to me is the history this coin has seen. This coin in my opinion based on the age and amazing shape it's in, was collected and held onto possibly by someone or a Family coming out of the Great Depression. Amazing to think this may have been someone's savings at one point.
  8. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    I've found 2 1938's in circulation. One recently (January). Actually, I found it on the floor of a supermarket, so it was free.
    Yours is in better condition, but that gouge at 3 o clock is a heart breaker.
  9. Tattooscott

    Tattooscott Member

    Machine doubling. :( I have one. Same exact doubling.
  10. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    Many first year issues of coin types are often found in much better condition than other dates, especially when minted in large quantities. People tended to save them because they were new, and thus explains why there are so many first year Philadelphia issues in MS grades that are not expensive (1938 Jeffersons, 1913 Buffalo nickels, 1932 Washingtons, 1916 Mercuries, 1909 Lincolns, etc.). So, I am not surprised you found one in such great shape. It probably got liquidated out of someone's collection recently hoping it was worth big money, and after they found out it wasn't valuable decided to spend it...and now you have it!

    Could be grease stamped onto it. I have seen certified nickels with similar patterns. Also seen mold spots that were removed leaving similar marks.
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