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1941 Jefferson Nickel Mint Error // Broadstruck with Partial Collar // PCGS Certified MS62 // Deluxe Collector's Pouch
The Jefferson nickel was first minted in 1938 and production continues today, albeit with numerous design modifications. The earlier issues are seldom seen in circulation but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike.
Thomas Jefferson was a man of many talents. Best known as the principle author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, it is no surprise that his likeness has appeared on circulating U.S. coinage for over 80 years. The Jefferson nickel was designed by German-American sculptor Felix Schlag, who was awarded a $1,000 prize in April of 1938 when his model was selected among those submitted by 390 contestants. Schlag’s portrait of Jefferson was based on a marble bust by famed French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. The Jefferson nickel features the left-facing president dressed in a coat of the period and wearing a peruke wig. On the reverse is a front elevation of Jefferson’s home, with the name MONTICELLO beneath it.
The novelty of the Jefferson Nickel caused most examples to be saved by a curious public during its first few years, and the coin was not a familiar sight in circulation until about 1940. Shortly thereafter, the onset of World War II prompted the rationing of many commodities, including nickel, which was highly valued for use in armor plating. Congress ordered the removal of this metal from the five-cent piece, effective October 8, 1942. From that date until the end of 1945, five-cent pieces bore the regular design but were minted from an alloy of silver, copper, and manganese. These emergency coins were to be withdrawn from circulation after the war, so a prominent distinguishing feature was added. Coins from all three mints bore large mintmarks above the dome of Monticello, and the letter ‘P’ was used as a mintmark for Philadelphia for the first time. These “war nickels” proved quite satisfactory in circulation and were not immediately withdrawn. Instead, they remained a familiar sight until the mid-1960s, when rising silver prices caused them to be hoarded for their bullion value.
You will receive the unique coin shown in the photos housed in plush-lined box with a certificate of authenticity.
5"L x 4"W x 1"H
- OriginUnited States
— Type: Jefferson Nickel
— Designer: Felix Schlag
— Weight: 5.00 grams
— Diameter: 21.2 mm
— Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
— Obverse Design: Thomas Jefferson, facing left
— Obverse Inscription: IN GOD WE TRUST / LIBERTY / DATE
— Reverse Design: Monticello
— Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / FIVE CENTS
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