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.
Rev 38 vs Rev 40
What are Rev 38 and Rev 40 nickels? Click image below to enlarge.
How much is a 1939 Nickel worth?
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 50 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $80 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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Overall 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.
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