Top Oā the Morning folks!
Let me start by giving you the āspecsā on this particular breed of coin. It was designed by Felix O. Schlag, weighs in at 5 grams, is composed of .750 copper, .250 nickel, a diameter of 21.2 mm, a plain edge and was minted at Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. While reading the book, š , yes I actually bought and have consumed most of āA Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickelsā, I have to admit that I really enjoyed reading about the designer of this coin. Heās from Chicago and has a very interesting past. This and other pertinent information about this coin is contained in Chapters 7 and 8. I could probably write a short essay on these 2 chapters, but if youāre really interested, just go out and purchase a copy. For todayās post, weāll just discuss the coins that are pictured. I recently purchased these from my local coin dealer and a couple of them were a ālittleā pricey, but thatās okay because I wanted nice ones for my collection.
First up is the 1960-D, circulation-strike mintage 192,582,180. This is a very nice coin with a fairly good strike. The only problem with this coin is the small scratch on the reverse over Monticello. Next is the 1938, which is the first year of issue, with a circulation-strike mintage of 19,496,000 and is also a nice looking coin from that era. The proof mintage for this coin is 19,365. Next is the 1939 and the circulation-strike mintage for it is 120,615,000 and the proof mintage is 12,535. This coin is also well struck and has good luster. The last coin is a 1942-D, variety-1 with a circulation-strike mintage of 13,938,000. Variety 2 of this coin was made at San Francisco and was the first strike of the āsilver-composition ā wartime nickels. As in the 1941 coin, this 1942-D doesnāt have a lot of luster, which is typical per the book. The reverse of this coin does have a couple of problems, but overall is a fairly good strike.
I will never be as knowledgeable as Bernard Nagengast or Darryl Crane, but I do understand the concept. Learning the difference between 5-steps and 6-steps, sharply defined steps, āThe Jefferson Nickel Analystā, and reading about the Full Step Nickel Club and Jonah Shapiro, from Syracuse, N.Y., (which is a large city that I live near) who collected quite a few of the 1950-D nickels when they first came out. These 2 series, the Buffalo and Jefferson are actually quite complex when it comes to grading and collecting! As Mr. Bowers indicates in his book, there is the ācasualā collectors and the āspecialistsā collectors. Iām definitely in the casual spot for sure!
As you can see by the last picture which is my jewelers tray, Iāve been pretty busy lately. Iāve built a inventory spreadsheet to track my coins, but itās only about 80 percent complete, while also working on this yearās inventory. I guess everything is going to be good. Like I tell the folks at the grocery store, āI got more time than I do moneyāā¦. lol š! Anyway, the āfeels likeā temperature here is -5, so Iām considering going out and buying a heating blanket this weekend. Join me next time when weāll discuss Mr. James Earl Fraser and his Buffalo š¦¬ nickel. As always, stay safe, HEALTHY, and coronavirus free!
Charlie aka slybluenote