1972 Nickel Value Guide

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The U.S. nickel, commonly known as the "Jefferson nickel," has been in circulation since 1938.

The standard composition of the nickel in 1972 was 75% copper and 25% nickel.

In 1972, the United States Mint produced nickels in both Philadelphia (no mint mark) and Denver ("D" mint mark).

The designer of the Jefferson nickel was Felix Schlag, who won a national competition in 1938.

The obverse (front) of the 1972 nickel features a left-facing portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.

The reverse (back) of the 1972 nickel depicts Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic home in Virginia.

Unlike some earlier nickels, the Jefferson nickel does not contain silver. It is composed of copper and nickel.

The minting process for nickels involves striking blank planchets with specially prepared coin dies.

In 1972, the mint marks "P" and "D" can be found on the obverse side, just to the right of Jefferson's bust.

The "P" mint mark indicates coins minted in Philadelphia, while the "D" mint mark indicates coins minted in Denver.

The San Francisco Mint ("S" mint mark) did not produce nickels for circulation in 1972. However, they did produce Proof coins for collectors.

The value of a 1972 nickel in circulated condition depends on factors such as wear, rarity, and collector demand.

As of 1972, a typical circulated 1972 nickel was worth face value – 5 cents.

Coins with significant errors or varieties may have a higher numismatic value among collectors.

In uncirculated or Mint State condition, 1972 nickels might be worth slightly more to collectors, especially if they are well-preserved.

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