1942 S/S FS501 Jefferson Nickel RPM with diagnostics
1942 was another year that saw a plethora of varieties for US coinage. Nickels saw a composition change, various denominations had multiple DDO, RPM, and DDR varieties. It is one of my favorite years for coins so I will share a few RPMs today.
The easiest diagnostic for quick assessment is the spike protruding from the back of Jefferson’s neck that points at the space between the 9 and 4 of the date. On later die stages there is crack in a Very specific location coming from the base of Monticello down through the right side of the N in Cents to the O of OF. This particular crack is closer to the E of Monticello than it is to the L. Late die stage examples also exhibit die polish lines, I infer these are leftovers from efforts to remove the spike in the neck.
Later die stage examples
Shots to accentuate the crack