Type 1, Original Design Modern

Obverse of 1977-S Jefferson Head Nickel
Reverse of 1977-S Jefferson Head Nickel

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Ron Guth: This series is a continuation of the original design, with an arbitrary break between 1964 and 1965 (coinciding with the removal of silver from America's Dimes, Quarter Dollars, and Half Dollars). All of the date and mintmark combinations in this modern series are common and readily available at affordable prices. Adding a few varieties raises the cost dramatically, thanks to rarities such as the 1971 No S Proof and the Special Uncirculated issues of 1994 and 1997. Other varieties, such as the mintmark variations of 1979, add additional texture to the series.