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19 Feb 2017

Jefferson nickels

Coins | Jim

What would be the starting date to save Jefferson nickels? 
I  have some from the 60's, but not sure if they are worth keeping. 
I know about the war nickels and have plenty of them.
Jim

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Kepi

Level 6

I have to stop following you due to no new activity. Good Luck!

Kepi

Level 6

Yep, Buy the book first! Collect what you like and just have fun!

user_7579

Level 4

Try and find and save those in the highest quality that are fully pressed.

user_7180

Level 5

The early dates!!! Mike gave good advice - buy a reference book first.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

1964 there are billions of i would start 63 and below but you make the final choice any BU old nickels are jackpot

numi613

Level 4

I've never found a '38, but I have found several '39's though (and yes, none of them were D's). They really aren't hard to find, get a couple rolls and you could probably expect to find nickels from the '50's or even the '40's without too much difficulty.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

other way with me

1964 Jefferson nickels were minted in mass quantities, much like all 64-65 coinage due to the "collector scare" perpetrated by the Mint at the time . I find a lot of 64's in change to this day. I once read when a collector was hoarding '64 nickels in an attempt to inflate the market, and I always thought you could start at a better date than that. I tend to find a lot of older Jefferson's in change due to the fact the nickel content has never changed. I suppose that's a bargain when you think about it. You could probably put together a near complete set of Jefferson's by pocket change if you tried.

Mike

Level 7

You could put a set together with pocket money. The only problem is the proofs. You don't find to many of those. Otherwise your right.

"SUN"

Level 6

Jefferson Nickels are reasonable price, I would start from the beginning in 1938.

Longstrider

Level 6

Another good book is The Cherry Pickers Guide. That will get you checking varieties. Good luck!

It looks like we're all in agreement about buying the book before the coins. The Red Book is a good place to start. I'm looking forward to hearing what nickels you collect. I collect Jefferson nickels too.

CoinLady

Level 6

I agree, start with a Red Book. Jefferson nickels started in 1938. When I was young, I found all but 2 in circulation. Not sure if that's possible now!

Mike

Level 7

Hi JIm we have a saying here buy the book before you buy the coins. Jefferson's nickels started in 1938. Condition means a lot but with out a red book you won't have any information on our coinage. You have to do some research. Start with a red book it's that you need. Mike

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