5 Cents "Jefferson Wartime Nickel" 1st portrait

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1942-1945
Value 5 Cents (0.05 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Billon (.350 silver) (56% Copper, 35% Silver, 9% Manganese)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 21.2 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 45
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 192a,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 196a
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
IN GOD WE TRUST
LIBERTY * 1943
FS

Engraver: F. Schlag

Reverse

A representation of Monticello, President Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home, accompanied by the legend "MONTICELLO" and surrounded with the face value in full, the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and the lettering "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".

Script: Latin

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

Translation:
Out of Many, One
p
Monticello
Five Cents
United States of America

Engraver: F. Schlag

Edge

Smooth

5 Cents "Jefferson Wartime Nickel" (1st portrait) -  obverse

© Harryg (CC BY)

Mints

D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
P United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The high demand for nickel during World War II resulted in the temporary change of the nickel (5 cent coin).

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

1943P

1945P


These coins can be differentiated between other coins from 1942 that were made of copper-nickel by seeing where the mintmark is located. If there is a mintmark on the reverse above Monticello, it is a war nickel (this coin). If it is not, then it belongs to the transition year (KM#192)

Guenuine coins of certain dates struck in nickel by error are known to exist.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1942 P 57 873 000 $ 0.96 $ 1.40 $ 1.40 $ 1.50 $ 2.00 $ 6.20 $ 8.50 29%
1942 P 27 600 $ 68 0.8% Proof
1942 S 32 900 000 $ 1.10 $ 1.30 $ 1.40 $ 1.40 $ 1.70 $ 3.90 $ 8.50 21%
1943 D 15 294 000 $ 1.10 $ 1.50 $ 1.50 $ 1.50 $ 2.80 $ 7.70 $ 10 17%
1943 P 271 165 000 $ 0.90 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 $ 1.70 $ 2.30 $ 3.40 $ 8.60 58%
1943 P 1.6% Doubled-Die Obverse
1943 S 104 060 000 $ 0.96 $ 1.30 $ 1.40 $ 1.80 $ 2.20 $ 3.20 $ 11 35%
1944 D 32 309 000 $ 0.96 $ 1.30 $ 1.30 $ 1.40 $ 1.90 $ 3.20 $ 14 20%
1944 P 119 150 000 $ 0.94 $ 1.30 $ 1.40 $ 1.40 $ 1.90 $ 7.10 $ 9.00 36%
1944 S 21 640 000 $ 1.20 $ 1.20 $ 1.20 $ 1.20 $ 1.20 $ 3.80 $ 13 17%
1945 D 37 158 000 $ 0.46 $ 1.60 $ 1.60 $ 1.60 $ 1.60 $ 5.40 $ 8.50 21%
1945 P 119 408 100 $ 0.94 $ 1.20 $ 1.20 $ 1.50 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 11 36%
1945 P 0.2% Doubled Die Reverse
1945 S 58 939 000 $ 1.30 $ 1.30 $ 1.40 $ 1.90 $ 2.90 $ 6.90 $ 8.50 27%

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