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1950 nickel succumbed to ‘D’ popularity

In its day, the 1950-D nickel simply eclipsed every other coin of the period and that included another pretty good 1950 nickel that was produced in Philadelphia the same year. Continue reading

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Nickel designs didn’t overlap in 1938

As nearly as I can find, the last Buffalo nickels were struck at Denver in early 1938, legally completing the 25-year requirement. Schlag’s design for the Jefferson nickel was not accepted until late July, so production would not have started until later in the year, meaning the two did not overlap. Philadelphia switched to the new Jefferson design, proofs and circulation strikes in 1938; Denver switched later in the year. Continue reading

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Mint State 1879 Shield nickel rarest

The 1879 Shield nickel is a very interesting coin to study as it tells us a great deal about the period in terms of collecting and coin production. The starting point for any consideration of the 1879 Shield nickel has to be its low 29,100 mintage, with 3,200 of those being proofs. That leaves just 25,900 business strikes. Continue reading

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1871 Shield nickel hard to figure

The historic Shield nickel does not get a lot of attention, and when it does that attention is usually limited to the with-rays coins of 1866 and 1867 or the very low mintage proof-only dates of 1877 and 1878. But virtually no one says anything about the hard-to-explain 1871. Continue reading

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