1939 Nickel

Last updated: May, 18 2024

1939 was the 2nd year the Jefferson Nickel was issued and this coin is worth up to $50.00 on average, these coins on average are selling for $12.00. The lowest sales numbers we could find were for $1.75 for in person sales and a little more for online sales if you consider shipping prices. Its possible these coins are worth less than this in cull condition, but no one seems to be logging these sales or they are lumped together with others in a collection or group.

1939 Nickel
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  • Year: 1939
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Jefferson Nickel
  • Price: $1.75-$50.00+
  • Face Value: 0.05 USD
  • Produced: 120,615,000
  • Edge: Smooth

Notes: Look for the doubled Monticello for the P 1939 Jefferson nickel. They sell for anywhere between $80 and 800 dollars each.

1939 Nickels exist with the reverse wavy stairs used from 1938, these coins are referred to a Rev 38. Additionally 1939 Jeffersons exist with the reverse from 1940 which sounds a bit confusing. These are referred to by collectors as Rev 40 or reverse of 1940. Rev 40 has crisp stairs on the Monticello.

1939 Nickel Facts

Rev 38 vs Rev 40

What are Rev 38 and Rev 40 nickels? Click image below to enlarge.

1939 Nickel Variations

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Admin : Values updated for this eh 1939 Nickel including all the various reverses. See price chart below. Post comments and questions if you have any, thanks for checking out CoinTrackers.com Posted: June 8, 2024 12:51 pm

Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

REV 38- prices below are for the 1939 Nickel with the reverse from the previous year (1938). See attached image below to find out which coin you are holding.

  • Grade MS60 = $9-$13
  • Grade MS61 = $9-$15
  • Grade MS62 = $11-$19
  • Grade MS63 = $21-$35
  • Grade MS64 = $26-$44
  • Grade MS65 = $32-$54
  • Grade MS66 = $51-$85
  • Grade PR65 = $90-$150
  • Grade PR66 = $143-$238

REV 40- prices below are for the 1939 Nickel (FS) with the reverse from the previous year (1940). See attached image above to find out which coin you are holding. If FS not present the coin will be worth less of course.

  • Grade EF40 = $18-$30
  • Grade MS62 = $24-$40
  • Grade MS63 = $30-$50
  • Grade MS64 = $38-$63
  • Grade MS65 = $56-$94
  • Grade MS66 = $71-$119

Average prices for both REV 38 and REV 40 with No FS (no full steps), these are rough estimates based on past sales.

  • Grade VF20 = $2-$3
  • Grade AU50 = $2-$4
  • Grade AU55 = $5-$8
  • Grade AU58 = $6-$10
  • Grade MS60 = $15-$19
  • Grade MS61 = $15-$25
  • Grade MS62 = $17-$28
  • Grade MS63 = $21-$35
  • Grade MS64 = $26-$43
  • Grade MS65 = $30-$50
  • Grade MS66 = $38-$63

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How much is a 1939 Nickel worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $1.75, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $50 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1939, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].

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Specs & Design

This coin has a total mass of 5 g, a diameter of 21.21 mm, and a thickness of 1.95 mm. It's edge is smooth, and the coins are composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel.

Designer: Felix Schlag

Front (Obverse): The front of this coin has the bust of Thomas Jefferson featured front and center. The words IN GOD WE TRUST are on the left most portion, with the word LIBERTY on the right just above the date. If a mint mark is present it will be just below the date.

Back (Reverse): The reverse features the Monticello located in Albemarle County, VA. The Monticello was the long time home of Jefferson. The words E PLUIRIBUS UNUM, meaning out of many one are draped across the top, while the words FIVE CENTS, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are featured on the bottom.

Most Valuable

The most valuable Jefferson Nickel's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Jefferson Nickel 1940 $170
Jefferson Nickel 1955 D $120
Jefferson Nickel 1963 D $102
Jefferson Nickel 1942 D $100
Jefferson Nickel 1940 D $90
Jefferson Nickel 1944 S $85
Jefferson Nickel 1939 S $80
Jefferson Nickel 1955 $80
Jefferson Nickel 1983 S $80
Jefferson Nickel 1938 D $75
Jefferson Nickel 1942 $75
Jefferson Nickel 1944 D $75
Jefferson Nickel 1946 $75
Jefferson Nickel 1947 $75
Jefferson Nickel 1943 D $72
Jefferson Nickel 1942 P $70
Jefferson Nickel 1941 $65
Jefferson Nickel 1943 S $65
Jefferson Nickel 1944 P $65
Jefferson Nickel 1962 D $65
Jefferson Nickel 1939 D $60
Jefferson Nickel 1941 D $60
Jefferson Nickel 1951 D $60
Jefferson Nickel 1941 S $55
Jefferson Nickel 1948 $55
Jefferson Nickel 1949 $54
Jefferson Nickel 1938 S $50
Jefferson Nickel 1939 $50
Jefferson Nickel 1940 S $50
Jefferson Nickel 1942 S $48
Jefferson Nickel 1946 D $45
Jefferson Nickel 1949 D $45
Jefferson Nickel 1961 D $45
Jefferson Nickel 1956 D $43
Jefferson Nickel 1964 $43
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.