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1942 S/S FS501 Jefferson Nickel RPM with diagnostics

Aspie_RoccoAspie_Rocco Posts: 3,252 ✭✭✭✭✭

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


  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,331 ✭✭✭✭✭

    With that "spike" protruding from Jeffs back, you can't miss this one,.

    A nice BIG RPM, too.


    "I tell them there's no problems.....only solutions" - John Lennon
  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,672 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s great information and I for one appreciate you taking the time to share it with us. 👍👍

    The bitterness of "Poor Quality" is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 26,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I got one somewhere from segs. Nice coin ya got

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, 1942 was an interesting year... for nickels.... AND people... :D;) .... After all, that is the year I began... Cheers, RickO

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