Rare Jefferson Nickels
This Jefferson nickel collection is up for sale. There are many great Jefferson nickels in this collection that exhibit exceptional eye appeal, proof coins included. This set runs from 1938 to 1970. Not a complete set due to sales of the following dates; 1942-D/HorzD, 1943-P, 1943/2-P, 1943-S, 1944-D, 1953-S, 1959-P totaling close to $50,000. I point this out because this set still contains many great valuable coins. There are 143 coins in this collection. I'm asking $300,000 or make an offer for what has taken 27+ years to assemble.
I start out showing a few of the better coins than I move into the rare 6 steppers and proof-like coins followed by the rest of the collection. Click on a coin to have a closer look or to advance to the next coin. There are added notes under most coins. It's possible to buy this set cheaper once I pull all the rare dates, 6 steppers and proof-like coins, something like 20 coins. Than the price would be $140,000.
The early series ends in 1970 because for 1971, the US Mint created brand new Master Hubs. That's right, every nickel made from 1938 to 1970 came from one set of Master hubs of 1938. But here's a theory of mine, I have 5 nickels that show never seen before trace lines of the cutting tool bit they used to transfer the image from the plaster molds to the Master Hubs. The dates of those five coins are 1939-D, 1940-P, 1950-P & D and 1960-P. It's as if they used a new Master Hub every 10 years. Some of you are aware of the years the coins were notorious for mushy strikes, likely the reason they did it this way. You can further your knowledge on this subject by getting yourself the book, The Jefferson Nickel Analyst written by Bernard Nagengast. But my point is, I have been able to locate a fully stuck/detailed coin including the steps for almost every date from 1938 to 1970 and this is what this collection is all about. I have added pictures of those cutting die tool markings to the photo gallery.
Many of the coins have the rare red, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow gold touches of toning. I don't list which coins have what colors. I can only hope the pictures will suffice. Leon
The one 1946-S is not included and a 1944-D and 1953-S and others were sold years ago but I added their pictures anyway. I'm working on the list and will add more pictures soon. Not easy crossing the path of that one individual who wouldn't mind owning this collection. The way I see it, if I don't sell it all, my kids will benefit greatly from this collection 30-40 years down the line.
Let's take a moment here and forget about Mint State grades MS60 through MS70. Sure, it's probably a monumental achievement to find that one coin without a mark on it. And it deserves every bit of the attention it gets in both popularity and value but for most of us, locating a lesser quality coin is all we have to accept and collect. So........a coin can be a great addition when the luster, strike and toning stand out far above its condition. Case in point; even though a grading company has issued a MS64 grade to a coin, the strike may be an early die state strike. Or the luster and toning may be of MS66 to MS68 quality. Those three qualities give a coin outstanding eye appeal and they are seldom encountered. Add steps and proof-like surfaces and what do yo have? Eye candy that lasts every time you see it.