JMBCoins Jeff Nickel Basic Proof
In 1938 the Buffalo nickel was replaced with a new design. A contest was held with a prize of $1,000 to be awarded to the winning designer. Many models were submitted, but Felix Schlag, a German immigrant, was announced as the winner on April 24, 1938.
The US Treasury Department made Schlag modify the design, that featured Thomas Jefferson on the obverse and Monticello on the reverse. Mintage commenced in mid-1938 and has continued since that time. During World War II from 1942 to 1945 nickels were struck in a special alloy composed of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese, to omit nickel which was in strong demand for war purposes.
Designed by: Felix 0. Schlag
Issue dates: 1938 to date
Composition: 0.75 part copper, 0.25 part nickel
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Weight: 76.16 grains (5 grams)
Business strike mintage: 28,970,251,265 through 1992
Proof mintage: 98,624,012 through 1991