1972 D Jefferson Nickel

Last updated: June, 14 2024

The 1972 D Nickel with Thomas Jefferson on the obverse and the famed Monticello on the reverse is worth up to $15.00 in MS-65 condition with Full Steps (FS). MS-66 FS specimens are currently selling for $101-$169 with a recent record sale being made at Heritage Auctions for an MS-67 FS with some lovely toning selling for $4,800.00. However the majority of sales made for the 1972 Nickel are coming in at around the $3.50 mark. Low end loose specimens in cellophane are selling for around 30 cents.

1972 D Jefferson Nickel
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  • Year: 1972
  • Mint Mark: D
  • Type: Jefferson Nickel
  • Price: 30 cents-$15.00+
  • Face Value: 0.05 USD
  • Produced: 351,694,000
  • Edge: Smooth


Full Steps Nickel

Full steps is the standard when looking at the reverse. All lines present and clean are what you should look for when buying and selling.

1972 Jefferson Nickel Key Points

These are the key points to remember for the 1972 p, d, and s nickels.

  1. minted at P (no mark), D, S
  2. many errors are known
  3. proofs have S mint mark
  4. Full Steps (FS) are the gold standard (see image above for full steps)

Key Points to Remember 1972 Nickel

Are there any 1972 Nickel Errors?

1972 Nickel Errors

There are almost to many 1972 Nickel Errors to count, but here are the major ones.

Struck on 1c Planchet

Struck on 1c Planchet

This error occurred when a 1c planchet meant for a penny was instead struck by a nickel die. Easy enough to spot, just look for a copper colored nickel that has the same weight as a penny of the same year

Die Break 1972 Nickel Error

Die Break

There appear to be a large number of errors occurred by a broken die. We are seeing many 1972 Nickels Die Break errors across the board.



Look for a nickel with either a blank obverse (front) or reverse (back).

Double Strike

Double Strike 1972 5c

For whatever reason there are many 1972 Double Strike errors to be found. Where there is a double strike there are usually even more rare triple strikes to be found.

Historic Sales

  1. 1972 5C MS67 Full Steps - Sold on Apr 15, 2024 for: $4,800.00 - learn more
  2. 1972-D 5C Jefferson Nickel -- Struck on a Philippines 5 Sentimos Planchet -- MS63 - Sold on Mar 20, 2023 for: $1,920.00 - learn more
  3. 1972 Jefferson Nickel. MS-66 FS - Sold $1,080 on Aug 16, 2021 - learn more

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Admin : Prices and full details on most widely known errors updated. Key points to remember also updated. These are the most important facts about the 1972 Nickel we can think of. If you have questions post them here. Thanks! Posted: June 12, 2024 1:45 am

How much is a 1972 D Jefferson Nickel worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 30 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $15 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 1972, 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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