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5 Cents "Jefferson Wartime Nickel" 1st portrait

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1942-1945
Value 5 Cents = Nickel (0.05 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.350)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 21.2 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 192a,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 196a
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

The portrait in left profile of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States from 1801 to 1809, is surrounded with the lettering "LIBERTY" and the motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST".

Lettering:
IN GOD WE TRUST
LIBERTY * 1943
FS

Engraver: F. Schlag

Reverse

A representation of Monticello, President Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home, is accompanied with the legend "MONTICELLO" and surrounded with the face value in full, the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and the lettering "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". For the first time, the Philadelphia mint mark appears to indicate the change of alloy. This started from 1942 P and 1942 S, others "1942" being included in KM#192. The mint mark is at the coin top whereas it is on the right on KM#192.

Lettering:
E PLURIBUS UNUM
P
MONTICELLO
FIVE CENTS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Engraver: F. Schlag

Edge

Smooth

Comments

Due to high wartime demand for nickel, the composition of the five cent coin was temporarily changed to an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese.

There are many varieties for the 1943 P Doubled Die Obverse, including a 1943/1942 double die/overdate.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1942 P 57,873,000 1.40 1.31 1.31 3.90 27%
1942 P 27,600 0.9% Proof
1942 S 32,900,000 0.96 1.23 1.23 1.92 20%
1943 D 15,294,000 1.09 1.93 1.42 9.22 15%
1943 P 271,165,000 0.94 1.08 1.08 1.76 3.24 3.84 9.73 59%
1943 P 1.9% Doubled-Die Obverse (many varieties)
1943 S 104,060,000 0.93 1.16 1.16 1.85 2.08 8.46 33%
1944 D 32,309,000 0.96 1.11 1.11 1.92 4.84 19%
1944 P 119,150,000 0.95 1.25 1.34 1.34 2.16 35%
1944 S 21,640,000 1.00 1.00 1.39 16%
1945 D 37,158,000 1.38 1.89 1.94 19%
1945 P 119,408,100 0.93 0.97 0.97 1.47 2.24 11.22 34%
1945 P 0% Doubled Die Reverse
1945 S 58,939,000 1.25 1.25 1.94 2.82 26%

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