1939 Jefferson Nickel

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  1. Cody Ross

    Cody Ross New Member

    Can anyone give me info on this coin? Thank you
     

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  3. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    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.
     
  4. Cody Ross

    Cody Ross New Member

    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?
     
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  5. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    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.
     
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  6. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    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. 1939 DD nickel.jpg
     
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  7. Cody Ross

    Cody Ross New Member

    Here are photos of both sides of Nickel in question
     

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  8. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    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.
     
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  9. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    But the 39-S in this grade would only be worth 25 cents or so in this grade, so I didn't mention it.
     
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  10. Cody Ross

    Cody Ross New Member

    Thank you all for the information, very informative and helpful!
     
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  11. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Trust me, Cody, not EVERYBODY gets that much from me. If I have a semi-specialty, it's early Jefferson nickels.
     
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  12. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    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.
     
  13. Cody Ross

    Cody Ross New Member

    Wow!! I definitely will keep that in mind and I’ll be on the lookout! Thank you again Kurt!!
     
  14. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    My 8th grade Computer Science class had an assignment where we had to use JavaScript and HTML to design a website. Mine was dedicated to 1939 Jefferson nickel varieties.
     
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  15. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Love it! My medium was an over-the-top (Nah! You, Bellman?) Apple Keynote presentation complete (dripping?) with gratuitous animations.
     
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  16. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    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...
     
  17. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Here’s just one “slide” from my presentation:

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  18. Traci

    Traci Active Member

    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.
     
  19. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    Look at the picture above in the post I made on 01/06. That will show you what it looks like.
     
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  20. Traci

    Traci Active Member

    Thanks! Great example!
     
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  21. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    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.
     
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