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1946 Jefferson Nickel Value

Mintage: 161,116,000
Finest Known: MS67+ (NGC) MS67 (PCGS)
Auction Record: $1,763 (MS67)

The end of WWII meant that the nickel metal shortage had eased to the point where the US Mint could go back to the normal 75% copper, 25% nickel alloy for the Jefferson nickel. The mintmark disappeared from Phladelphia-struck nickels at the same time.

The 1946 nickel is a common and unremarkable date.

1946 jefferson nickel

1946 Jefferson nickel. Image: USA CoinBook

The Value of A 1946 Jefferson Nickel

Post-war austerity programs across the Federal government after WWII meant that the US Mint had to, among other things, wring every coin it could out of each pair of coin dies. The 161 million Jefferson nickels from the Philadelphia Mint were no exception. The average coin shows below-average strikes, and few collectors have even bothered to pay to have such an unattractive common date graded.

1946 Jefferson Nickel Price Guide

Circulated Grades

Very FineExtremely FineAbout Uncirculated
FVFV$1

Uncirculated Grades

Mint State 61Mint State 63Mint State 65Auction Record (MS67)
$3$10$24$1,763

1946 Full Steps Jefferson Nickel Price Guide

Finest Known: MS66 FS (NGC) MS67 FS (PCGS)
Auction Record: $8,813 (MS67 FS)

Uncirculated Grades

Mint State 61 FSMint State 63 FSMint State 65 FSAuction Record (MS67 FS)
$11$25$120$8,813

The information on this page does not constitute an offer to buy or sell the coin(s) referred to. Proof and prooflike examples of this issue may have greater or lesser "finest known" and different record auction prices.

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