The United States nickel is a five-cent coin issued by the United States Mint. Its current design features the profile of President Thomas Jefferson on the obverse (front) and Monticello, Jefferson’s Virginia home, on the reverse (back).
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About Good: Design details are flat and appear in outline. Portions of the rim are lost to wear.
Good: Design details are flat and visible in outline. Some portions of the design may be faint.
Very Good: Heavy wear flattens design elements, although major features are clearly outlined.
Fine: Moderate wear on many elements with heavy wear on high points. Major design elements remain visible.
20, 25, 30, 35
Very Fine: Major details of the coin are clear although wear is evident; the high points show moderate wear.
Extremely Fine: Design features are well defined, although light wear is evident throughout.
50, 53, 55, 58
About Uncirculated: Traces of light wear are evident on the high points of the coin's design.
Mint State: A coin that shows no wear or evidence of circulation.
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What is the composition of the United States Nickel?
The United States Nickel, commonly known as the five-cent coin, is composed of a combination of 75% copper and 25% nickel. This composition has been in use since 1866, with some variations during World War II when nickel was needed for the war effort. The current nickel alloy provides durability and a distinctive silver appearance.
Who is depicted on the United States Nickel?
The obverse (front) side of the United States Nickel features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who served from 1801 to 1809. The design is based on an 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait of Jefferson. The reverse (back) side has gone through various designs over the years, with the current design showcasing Monticello, Jefferson's Virginia estate.
Are there any valuable or rare Nickels?
While most Nickels in circulation are worth their face value, there are a few valuable and rare varieties to look out for. One example is the 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalo Nickel, which shows a weakened or missing leg on the buffalo due to an overpolished die. This variety is highly sought after by collectors. Additionally, certain dates, mint marks, and special editions, such as the wartime Silver Nickels minted from 1942 to 1945, can have higher numismatic value.