Old Jefferson Nickels: Keep or Spend?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Skippy Topaz, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. Skippy Topaz

    Skippy Topaz Obsolete

    Going through my stash of coins and have about five rolls of old Jefferson Nickels that I've plucked from circulation over the years, (a lot from the 1940s and 50s) there's nothing of great value in any of the tubes, no Wartime Nickels, nothing rare and nothing in amazing condition and was just going to put them in rolls and deposit them in the bank but wanted to ask first if there's any reason to not do that and maybe see if there's any collector value whatsoever..

    It seems like they're only worth a bit more than five-cents so wouldn't really be worth it to me (or anyone else) to bother spending any time trying to sell them .. maybe just releasing them into the wild, some young 'un will find them and get into collecting...

    Keep or Spend?

    Thx :)
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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Yes keep them i keep all my nickels pre 1960 that i find.
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  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I metal detect a bunch of them.. Into the CoinStar machine they go!
  5. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    I hope you at least keep your war nickels:nailbiting::nailbiting:.
  6. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    I kept them for a long time and just recently shared them with my 21 great grandkids.
  7. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    I spent most of mine except the Error coins / War time Nickel.
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  8. kkm

    kkm Active Member

  9. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Here comes trouble... Dealer

    I've kept everything '45 and under, kicked everything else. My 2 cents, or is that 5 cents? Lol
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  10. bsshog40

    bsshog40 Senior Member

    I always keep pre 1960's also. I know they don't have much value at all but I still like to keep them. Heck they are at least over 60 yrs old. Lol
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  11. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Five rolls? $10!!! Why don't you check with the local schools to see if they have a coin club, and you can donate them.
  12. Snowman

    Snowman Senior Member

    I keep some of the low mintage ones, but like the higher mintage ones like 1941, 1946, 1954D. I send them on their way, too many of them in worn condition.
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  13. RogerC

    RogerC Member

    I'm keeping only my '32 to '73 uncirculated set and found war nickels.
  14. Skippy Topaz

    Skippy Topaz Obsolete

    Thanks for the replies.. I looked through them and most of them are going to the bank.. I found a few lower mintage years but they're not in great shape but will keep them just the same :)

    Just want to get rid of stuff that's just taking up space..
  15. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Sell them on eBay. I'm always surprised what people will buy and pay extra for.
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  16. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    Find your local Boy Scout troop and donate them to a great cause.
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  17. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I keep the low mintage coins, war nicks, and search for the few varieties that I know of. Other than that, they all go back.
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