Jefferson Nickels were made from 1938 to the present. Felix Schlag won a competition to design the Jefferson Nickel beating out 390 other artists.
Coins were struck in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. During World War II Jefferson Nickels were made of forty percent silver as nickel was a critical war material.
Reverse of 1938. Lustrous nickel-gray surfaces exhibit a subtle blend of gold and ice-blue tints and a very sharp strike. No 'full steps' of this variety have graded numerically finer at PCGS.
Brilliant satin white surfaces exhibit a light sprinkle of rich gold along the periphery, strong luster, and a very sharp strike. Only 3 'full steps' have graded finer at PCGS.
Rich brilliant luster and a strong strike.
Attractive ice-blue and gold tints rest upon sharply struck and very lustrous surfaces. None have graded numerically finer at PCGS.
Very lustrous surfaces exhibit a light gold tint and a very sharp strike.
Blast white surfaces with strong field and device contrast.
Blazing luster and essentially perfect.
Very lustrous surfaces with a hint of ice-blue and an excellent strike. Nothing grades numerically finer at either service.
Star Designated! Blast white with heavy frost and flawless surfaces. Tied for the finest graded at either service plus a 'Star' designation for superior eye appeal!