1946 Jefferson Nickel Value
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. 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
|Very Fine||Extremely Fine||About Uncirculated|
|Mint State 61||Mint State 63||Mint State 65||Auction Record (MS67)|
1946 Full Steps Jefferson Nickel Price Guide
Finest Known: MS66 FS (NGC) MS67 FS (PCGS)
Auction Record: $8,813 (MS67 FS)
|Mint State 61 FS||Mint State 63 FS||Mint State 65 FS||Auction Record (MS67 FS)|
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