Finding Rare Nickels - What to Look For
There are not a lot of rare nickels and they are fairly inexpensive, which makes them a great coin series for the beginner or those with a modest budget to collect.
You can put together a nice collection without spending a lot of money. In fact, a lot of the Jefferson Nickel series can still be found in circulation.
Who knows, you might even happen across a very unique rare nickel just like Mr. Ken Frith did.
In 1961, knowing that Mr. Frith specialized in error coins, a very unique 1942-S Jefferson Nickel was brought to his attention.
After carefully examining the coin to make sure it was not a fabrication, Mr. Frith purchased the coin.
This unique, one of a kind nickel has the obverse (front) of a 1942 Jefferson Nickel muledMule
Click Here to read more about Mr. Frith's exciting discovery.
Find out how he knew that someone at the mint had made a huge error.
You will also see the documentation sent to me by Mr. Frith which details all the steps that he took to verify that this was truly an authentic mint strike coin.
See actual copies of letters, a newspaper article in the New York Times, and a copy of the page from the auction catalog where the coin was described for auction.
Then, get out your nickels and start searching for your own keydates and error coins!!
Below you will find the keydates for each type of nickel along with information about error coins that you should keep an eye out for.
Shield Nickel - Rare Nickels and Errors to Watch ForShield Nickels are going to be the most expensive of all the nickel types if you choose to collect them. Very worn coins will cost you around $20 each.
Liberty Head Nickel - Rare Nickels and Errors to Watch ForA collection of Liberty Head Nickels is quite possible on a modest budget with the exception of the keydates listed below.
Indian Head or Buffalo Nickel - Rare Nickels and Errors to Watch ForMost Indian Head Nickels are also moderately priced and within reach of the average collector. With only one keydate and a couple of semi-keydates, a collection of Buffalo Nickels could be put together on a fairly small budget.
Jefferson Nickel - Rare Nickels and Errors to Watch For
The Jefferson Nickel series doesn't have any major rarities. This is one reason it's such a good series for a beginner to collect (or anyone on a modest budget).
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