just sat down with my first rolls of nickels....

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by kdkenn, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. kdkenn

    kdkenn Bank Employee

    I just sat down to do my first Jefferson nickel roll searching. Okay I don't know what to look for at all. I have a Jefferson Nickels album 1938-2000 so I guess I will start there but any certain things to look for?
     
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  3. borgovan

    borgovan Supporter**

    Congratulations! The Jefferson nickel series is fun to assemble, and can be mostly done by searching pocket change. As for what to do, just look at the dates/mintmarks, and fill holes in your album!

    If you're looking for specific varieties, there are far too many to mention.

    One that you may enjoy searching for is FS-022. This is a 1939 Jefferson nickel with significant doubling on the reverse. The word "MONTICELLO" will have complete and clear doubling.

    Good luck!
     
  4. kdkenn

    kdkenn Bank Employee

    Thanks! Well I've bought 50 rolls so I've got a job ahead of me! I've never searched Nickels and haven't paid too much attention to them besides the older ones I come across now and then. I'm excited!
     
  5. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    You may already know this, but nickels were made containing 35% silver from 1942-1945.
     
  6. TheNoost

    TheNoost huldufolk

    Wear gloves, Nickels are nasty and the black is hard to get off your hands. Also check the rotation. I found 2 1999 rotated reverse. Good luck.
     
  7. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Silver - look for Nickels with the Mint Mark Prominent on the reverse
     
  8. mgChevelle

    mgChevelle AMERICAN

    generally, I keep any nickels pre-1960. I havnt had any luck with this series, but I know many have. So good luck to you and let us know what you find.
     
  9. yubabob

    yubabob Junior Member

    Have fun searching your 50 rolls. The kids and myself are just sitting down to search some rolls of coins. When you're searching be on the look out for a 1950-D nickel. There was only around 2.5 million minted, which is far less than other years. A 1950-D with full steps on Monticello is a great find!
     
  10. grizz

    grizz numismatist

  11. bqcoins

    bqcoins Olympic Figure Skating Scoring System Expert

    look for proof s mints. A lot of the time when someone breaks up a set for a particular coin, the remains will simply go into circulation. I once bought $20 to search with the kids and found a 1999 S and a 2003 S.
     
  12. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD [Insert Clever Title]

    Yes, the silver nickels have a large mint mark above the dome on the back. The non silver have a small mint mark to the right of the building. All 1943-45 are silver. The 1942 nickels were normal composition for the first half of the year and silver the rest. On those, the large mint mark above the building is the key for telling them apart.
     
  13. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot Supporter

    there are very few scarce dates to this series. They are:

    1938-D
    1938-S
    1939-D (key to series)
    1939-S
    1950-D

    despite the low mintage, the 50-D doesn't sell for much of a premium because they were hoarded in Mint State condition when they were new. I was able to assemble basically a full set from a box of nickels (save the key dates and the silvers) on the first try. The keys on the other hand may take some searching. Be aware, however that they are out there and with persistence, you will find them all!
     
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