Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Cody Ross, Jan 7, 2018.
Can anyone give me info on this coin? Thank you
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I mean this with all seriousness - I once gave an hour and a half presentation on the Jefferson nickels of 1939. What would you like to know? There are fascinations galore in 1939 nickels.
Here's a few starters:
There are two different reverse types, at all 3 mints.
That doesn't even include a doubled die reverse that only appears on the Philly version.
Thank you for the reply, in its current condition is it merely worth face value? Definitely hanging on to this Nickel, one of the oldest I’ve found since starting to collect coins. What is its metal composition?
Okay. Like all nickels, other than 1942-1945, its composition is 75% copper and 25% nickel, unsandwiched. It is a uniform alloy all the way through.
The two reverses are the so-called Reverse of 1938, and the Reverse of 1940. It can be difficult to discern which you have on a heavily circulated piece. The steps on Monticello are just "crisper" or less mushy on the Reverse of 1940. Regardless, if yours does NOT have a mintmark at the right of Monticello (D or S), look carefully with a good glass at the letters "MONTICELLO" and "FIVE CENTS". In the somewhat unlikely event they are doubled/blurred, you have a neat error.
It is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel, so it won't attach to a magnet. The only 1939's really worth much in circulated condition are the 1939-D and the 1939 Philly with a doubled-die reverse. See pic.
Here are photos of both sides of Nickel in question
Yup, that's the pic! The 1939-D and the 1939-S are both semi-keys for the circulated grade range, though. The D is more so.
But the 39-S in this grade would only be worth 25 cents or so in this grade, so I didn't mention it.
Thank you all for the information, very informative and helpful!
Trust me, Cody, not EVERYBODY gets that much from me. If I have a semi-specialty, it's early Jefferson nickels.
Hey Cody? If you're running through nickels, don't fail to put aside ALL 2009 nickels. They're surprisingly hard to find. There's not a huge value today, but their rarity is perplexing and they may have a future.
Wow!! I definitely will keep that in mind and I’ll be on the lookout! Thank you again Kurt!!
Love it! My medium was an over-the-top (Nah! You, Bellman?) Apple Keynote presentation complete (dripping?) with gratuitous animations.
HAa. While I wasn't able to present this to my class, that reminds me of the presentation I made for science class in 6th grade on meteorites (a highly collected interest of mine). All 60 slides may have been a little much...
Here’s just one “slide” from my presentation:
If the Monticello is doubled does that mean the Five Cents will be doubled as well or could one be doubled without the other? The Red Book I have shoes both doubled. I only ask this because I have a lot of 1939’s.
Look at the picture above in the post I made on 01/06. That will show you what it looks like.
Thanks! Great example!
Well, depending on wear, the letters of one may be more obvious than the other, but because they're doubled ON THE DIE, hence the name, they must always be there together.
Separate names with a comma.