Coin Collecting at the Safir House
The metal was changed during World War II to a silver based composition and reverted back after the war to the Nickel Copper alloy. These are rarely found in circulation but older Nickels are commonly discovered. The hard metal and the unchanged design make it idea to circulate just about forever.
Finally temporary change came in 2004 when the government commemorated the Lewis and Clark expeditions which resulting in some suprisingly nice design which have been far to short lived.
My favorite was the 2005 version which had a great change to the obverse with a close up profile of Jefferson with a new script font for the word "Liberty". A well balanced and asthetic design with interesting reverses was a breath of fresh air in a stagnant American coinage system, it was of course doomed from the start and replaced by the ugliest coin design ever seen, our current 3/4 facing Jefferson with bugger eyes.
2005 Nickel Designs
2006 Ugly Nickel Design
This latest coin is so ugly it takes an in hand view to really apreciate just how ugly it is. These mint images make it look better than it is, but I'll get a photograph of a circulating version soon.
Occasionally I find a Jefferson in circulation that I might pull out for no particular reason.
This is a '64 Nickel that I found in 2008.
Here is a 1975
A 1986 P
A 1994 P
A 1995 D with excellent visible steps on the reverse
A 2004 D with a Westward Journey Reverse
and a 2004 P
This is a nice example with all the windows nicely showing and really good stairs. There is a good nick on the reverse
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library.Click to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
Go To Section II: Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States
Go To Section III: Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library: Foriegn Coins.Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins. Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.