Nickel weight? HELP

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Jacobr0808, May 26, 2020.

  1. Jacobr0808

    Jacobr0808 New Member

    I want to start by saying I am new to collecting coins. My grandfather had heard me talking about collecting coins and told me that he had a collection that I could look at. So while going through his nickels I found a fee that struck my interest. There were two 1941's coming in at around 4.8g on the scale and a 1953 that weighs around 5.3g. Is there anything special about these nickels that I should be aware of? Any info on these nickels would be appreciated

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  3. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to Coin Talk. The weight of a Jefferson Nickel is 5.00 grams +/- 0.194g
    so the norm is 4.806-5.194 grams. The 1941's are in the normal range and the 1953 is slightly heavier. That can most likely be due to a rolled thick planchet.
  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    A bit of circulation wear such as the 1941 will also contribute to the slight varience in weigjt.
  5. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    They are VERY slightly out of tolerance (at least the 53 is, the 41 could have been within tolerance before it was worn) but not enough to be worth any significant premium.
  6. Jacobr0808

    Jacobr0808 New Member

    Thanks for the input everyone
  7. Jacobr0808

    Jacobr0808 New Member

    As far as a collectable standpoint does the heavy planchet make the coin any more sought after by collectors? My 6 year old and I have recently started collecting error coins and this would be a perfect addition to our coin book, just a little curious to the rarity of a nickel like this one
  8. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    While things like this can be interesting, being slightly out of spec adds no additional value. But there's nothing wrong with saving it
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