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Jefferson (1938 to Date)

This nickel was originally designed by Felix Schlag, who won an award of $1,000 in a competition with some 390 artists. His design established the definite public approval of portrait and pictorial themes rather than symbolic devices on our coinage.

Jefferson (1938 to Date)
1938 - 1942 | 1942 - 1945 | 1946 - 1965 | 1966 - 2003 | 2004 - 2006 | 2007 to Date

Prewar Composition (1938 - 1942)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1938 - 1942
    Designer: Felix Schlag
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 copper, 0.2500 nickel
    Edge: plain

Wartime Silver Alloy (1942 - 1945)

On October 8, 1942, the wartime five-cent piece composed of copper (56%), silver (35%), and manganese (9%) was introduced to eliminate nickel, a critical war material. A larger mintmark was placed above the dome of Monticello, indicating the change of alloy. The letter P (Philadelphia) was used for the first time.

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1942 - 1945
    Designer: Felix Schlag
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.5600 copper, 0.3500 silver, 0.0900 manganese
    Edge: plain
    Metal Oz: 0.05626
    Melt Value (silver): $1.05

Prewar Composition, Mintmark Style Resumed (1946 - 1965)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1946 - 1965
    Designer: Felix Schlag
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 copper, 0.2500 nickel
    Edge: plain

1966 - 2003

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1966 - 2003
    Designer: Felix Schlag
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 copper, 0.2500 nickel
    Edge: plain

"Westward Journey" Nickels (2004 - 2006)

The Westward Journey Nickel Series?(2004–2006) commemorated the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore that vast territory.

2004: The Louisiana Purchase / Peace Medal reverse, by Mint sculptor Norman E. Nemeth, was adapted from the reverse of certain of the original Indian Peace Medals commissioned for the expedition. These medals bore a portrait of President Thomas Jefferson on one side, and symbols of peace and friendship on the other. They were presented to Native American chiefs and other important leaders as tokens of the goodwill of the United States. The Keelboat reverse, by Mint sculptor Al Maletsky, depicts the boat that transported the Lewis and Clark expedition and their supplies through the rivers of the Louisiana Territory. Built to Captain Lewis’s specifications, this 55-foot craft could be sailed, rowed, poled like a raft, or towed from the riverbank.

2005: The new obverse portrait of President Jefferson was inspired by a 1789 marble bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon; the inscription “Liberty” was based on Jefferson’s handwriting. Joe Fitzgerald designed the new obverse, which was rendered by Mint sculptor Don Everhart. The American Bison reverse, designed by Jamie Franki and produced by Norman E. Nemeth, features a bison in profile. Described in journals from the expedition, bison held great significance for many American Indian cultures. (The design also recalls the popular Indian Head / Buffalo nickel design of 1913–1938.) The “Ocean in View” reverse, designed by Joe Fitzgerald and produced by Mint sculptor Donna Weaver, depicts cliffs over the Pacific Ocean and an inscription inspired by a November 7, 1805, entry in Clark’s journal: “Ocean in view! O! The joy!”

2006: The “Monticello” design shows a facing portrait of Jefferson, designed by Jamie Franki and sculpted by Donna Weaver. This new obverse and the traditional depiction of Monticello are used on this and subsequent nickels.

The Mint also produced Westward Journey Nickel Series? Coin Sets for 2004 and 2005.

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 2004 - 2006
    Designer: Felix Schlag
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 copper, 0.2500 nickel
    Edge: plain

2007 to Date

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 2007 to Date
    Designer: Felix Schlag
    Weight: 5.000 grams
    Diameter:21.2 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 copper, 0.2500 nickel
    Edge: plain
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Second pillar plain and complete on both sides.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Cheekbone, hair lines, eyebrow slightly worn but well defined. Base of triangle above pillars visible but weak.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Traces of light wear on only high points of the design. Half of mint luster present.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
  • MS-64FS Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Barely noticeable blemishes.
  • MS-65FS Mint State. Mint State. No trace of wear. Barely noticeable blemishes.
  • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
  • MS-66FS Mint State. Mint State.
  • MS-67 Superb Gem Uncirculated. Superb Gem Uncirculated.
  • MS-67FS Mint State. Mint State.
  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-66 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-67 Superb Gem Proof. Superb Gem Proof.
  • 1938
  • 19,496,000
    • 1936, Proof
    • 12,535
      • 1939
      • 120,615,000
        • 1939D

          1939D

          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939D
          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939D
        • 3,514,000
        • 10
        • 1939S

          1939S

          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939S
          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939S
        • 6,630,000
        • 2
        • 1940
        • 176,485,000
        • 0.25
        • 1940, Proof
        • 14,158
          • 1941
          • 203,265,000
          • 0.20
          • 1941D
          • 53,432,000
            • 1941S
            • 43,445,000
              • 1942
              • 49,789,000
              • 0.30
              • 1942D
              • 13,938,000
                • Description
                • Mintage
                • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. Second pillar plain and complete on both sides.
                • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Cheekbone, hair lines, eyebrow slightly worn but well defined. Base of triangle above pillars visible but weak.
                • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Traces of light wear on only high points of the design. Half of mint luster present.
                • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
                • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                • MS-64FS Mint State. Mint State.
                • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Barely noticeable blemishes.
                • MS-65FS Mint State. Mint State. No trace of wear. Barely noticeable blemishes.
                • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
                • MS-66FS Mint State. Mint State.
                • MS-67 Superb Gem Uncirculated. Superb Gem Uncirculated.
                • MS-67FS Mint State. Mint State.
                • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                • PF-66 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                • PF-67 Superb Gem Proof. Superb Gem Proof.
                • 1942P

                  1942P

                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1942P
                  Mintmark Location
                • 57,873,000
                • 2
                • 1943P
                • 271,165,000
                  • 1943D

                    1943D

                    Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943D
                    Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943D
                  • 15,294,000
                  • 2
                  • 1943S

                    1943S

                    Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943S
                    Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943S
                  • 104,060,000
                  • 2
                  • 1945P
                  • 119,408,100
                    • 1945D

                      1945D

                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945D
                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945D
                    • 37,158,000
                    • 2
                    • 1945S

                      1945S

                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945S
                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945S
                    • 58,939,000
                    • 2
                    • Description
                    • Mintage
                    • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
                    • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
                    • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
                    • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
                    • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                    • MS-64FS Mint State. Mint State.
                    • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                    • MS-65FS Mint State. Mint State.
                    • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
                    • MS-66FS Mint State. Mint State.
                    • MS-67 Superb Gem Uncirculated. Superb Gem Uncirculated.
                    • MS-67FS Mint State. Mint State.
                    • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                    • PF-66 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                    • PF-67 Superb Gem Proof. Superb Gem Proof.
                    • PF-68 Superb Gem Proof. Superb Gem Proof.
                    • 1946
                    • 161,116,000
                    • 0.25
                    • 1946D
                    • 45,292,200
                      • 1946S
                      • 13,560,000
                        • 1947
                        • 95,000,000
                        • 0.25
                        • 1949D
                        • 36,498,000
                          • 1951, Proof
                          • 57,500
                            • 1953, Proof
                            • 128,800
                              • 1954D
                              • 117,183,060
                                • 1954S
                                • 29,384,000
                                  • 1955, Proof
                                  • 378,200
                                    • 1955D
                                    • 74,464,100
                                      • 1956
                                      • 35,216,000
                                        • 1957, Proof
                                        • 1,247,952
                                          • 1960, Proof
                                          • 1,691,602
                                            • 1961, Proof
                                            • 3,028,144
                                              • 1962

                                                1962

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1962
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1962
                                              • 97,384,000
                                              • 1962D

                                                1962D

                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1962D
                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1962D
                                              • 280,195,720
                                              • 1963
                                              • 175,776,000
                                                • 1964

                                                  1964

                                                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1964
                                                  Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1964
                                                • 1,024,672,000
                                                • 1964D
                                                • 1,787,297,160
                                                  • Description
                                                  • Mintage
                                                  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
                                                  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
                                                  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                                                  • MS-64FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                                                  • MS-65FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                  • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
                                                  • MS-66FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                  • MS-67 Superb Gem Uncirculated. Superb Gem Uncirculated.
                                                  • MS-67FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                                  • PF-66 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                                  • PF-67 Superb Gem Proof. Superb Gem Proof.
                                                  • PF-67Cam Proof. Proof.
                                                  • PF-68DC Proof. Proof.
                                                  • PF-69DC Proof. Proof.
                                                  • 1966

                                                    1966

                                                    Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1966
                                                    The designer's initials FS were added below the bust starting in 1966, and dies were further remodeled to strengthen the design in 1971, 1972, 1977, and 1982. The mintmark position was moved to the obverse in 1968.
                                                  • 156,208,283
                                                  • 1967

                                                    1967

                                                    Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1967
                                                    Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1967
                                                  • 107,325,800
                                                  • 1968S, Proof
                                                  • 3,041,506
                                                    • 1971D

                                                      1971D

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1971D
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1971D
                                                    • 316,144,800
                                                    • 1972D

                                                      1972D

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1972D
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1972D
                                                    • 351,694,600
                                                    • 1973D

                                                      1973D

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1973D
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1973D
                                                    • 261,405,000
                                                    • 1974

                                                      1974

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1974
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1974
                                                    • 601,752,000
                                                    • 1975D

                                                      1975D

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1975D
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1975D
                                                    • 401,875,300
                                                    • 1976

                                                      1976

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1976
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1976
                                                    • 367,124,000
                                                    • 1977

                                                      1977

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1977
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1977
                                                    • 585,376,000
                                                    • 1978

                                                      1978

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1978
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1978
                                                    • 391,308,000
                                                    • 1979

                                                      1979

                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1979
                                                      Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1979
                                                    • 463,188,000
                                                    • 1979S, Proof
                                                    • 3,677,175
                                                      • 1980P

                                                        1980P

                                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1980P
                                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1980P
                                                      • 593,004,000
                                                      • 1981S, Proof
                                                      • 4,063,083
                                                        • 1983P

                                                          1983P

                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1983P
                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1983P
                                                        • 561,615,000
                                                        • 1983D

                                                          1983D

                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1983D
                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1983D
                                                        • 536,726,276
                                                        • 1984P

                                                          1984P

                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1984P
                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1984P
                                                        • 746,769,000
                                                        • Description
                                                        • Mintage
                                                        • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                                                        • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                                                        • MS-65FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
                                                        • MS-66FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-67 Superb Gem Uncirculated. Superb Gem Uncirculated.
                                                        • MS-67FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-68FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-69FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                                        • PF-67 Superb Gem Proof. Superb Gem Proof.
                                                        • PF-69DC Proof. Proof.
                                                        • 2006P, Monticello

                                                          2006P, Monticello

                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 2006P, Monticello
                                                          Design used from 2006 to date.
                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 2006P, Monticello
                                                          Design used from 2006 to date.
                                                        • 693,120,000
                                                        • 0.25
                                                        • Description
                                                        • Mintage
                                                        • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                                                        • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                                                        • MS-65FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
                                                        • MS-66FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-67 Superb Gem Uncirculated. Superb Gem Uncirculated.
                                                        • MS-67FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-68FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • MS-69FS Mint State. Mint State.
                                                        • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                                        • PF-67 Superb Gem Proof. Superb Gem Proof.
                                                        • PF-69DC Proof. Proof.
                                                        • Description
                                                        • Mintage
                                                        • VF-20
                                                        • EF-40
                                                        • AU-50
                                                        • MS-60
                                                        • MS-63
                                                        • MS-64
                                                        • MS-64FS
                                                        • MS-65
                                                        • MS-65FS
                                                        • MS-66
                                                        • MS-66FS
                                                        • MS-67
                                                        • MS-67FS
                                                        • MS-68FS
                                                        • MS-69FS
                                                        • PF-65
                                                        • PF-66
                                                        • PF-67
                                                        • PF-68
                                                        • PF-67Cam
                                                        • PF-68DC
                                                        • PF-69DC
                                                        • 1938
                                                        • 19,496,000
                                                          • 1936, Proof
                                                          • 12,535
                                                            • 1939
                                                            • 120,615,000
                                                              • 1939D

                                                                1939D

                                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939D
                                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939D
                                                              • 3,514,000
                                                              • 10
                                                              • 1939S

                                                                1939S

                                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939S
                                                                Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1939S
                                                              • 6,630,000
                                                              • 2
                                                              • 1940
                                                              • 176,485,000
                                                              • 0.25
                                                              • 1940, Proof
                                                              • 14,158
                                                                • 1941
                                                                • 203,265,000
                                                                • 0.20
                                                                • 1941D
                                                                • 53,432,000
                                                                  • 1941S
                                                                  • 43,445,000
                                                                    • 1942
                                                                    • 49,789,000
                                                                    • 0.30
                                                                    • 1942D
                                                                    • 13,938,000
                                                                      • 1942P

                                                                        1942P

                                                                        Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1942P
                                                                        Mintmark Location
                                                                      • 57,873,000
                                                                      • 2
                                                                      • 1943P
                                                                      • 271,165,000
                                                                        • 1943D

                                                                          1943D

                                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943D
                                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943D
                                                                        • 15,294,000
                                                                        • 2
                                                                        • 1943S

                                                                          1943S

                                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943S
                                                                          Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1943S
                                                                        • 104,060,000
                                                                        • 2
                                                                        • 1945P
                                                                        • 119,408,100
                                                                          • 1945D

                                                                            1945D

                                                                            Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945D
                                                                            Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945D
                                                                          • 37,158,000
                                                                          • 2
                                                                          • 1945S

                                                                            1945S

                                                                            Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945S
                                                                            Nickel Five-Cent Pieces Jefferson (1938 to Date) 1945S
                                                                          • 58,939,000
                                                                          • 2
                                                                          • 1946
                                                                          • 161,116,000
                                                                          • 0.25
                                                                          • 1946D
                                                                          • 45,292,200
                                                                            • 1946S
                                                                            • 13,560,000
                                                                              • 1947
                                                                              • 95,000,000
                                                                              • 0.25
                                                                              • 1949D
                                                                              • 36,498,000
                                                                                • 1951, Proof
                                                                                • 57,500
                                                                                  • 1953, Proof
                                                                                  • 128,800
                                                                                    • 1954D
                                                                                    • 117,183,060
                                                                                      • 1954S
                                                                                      • 29,384,000
                                                                                        • 1955, Proof
                                                                                        • 378,200
                                                                                          • 1955D
                                                                                          • 74,464,100
                                                                                            • 1956
                                                                                            • 35,216,000