Later Date Jefferson Nickel Values 1965  Present
How Much Is My Modern Jefferson Nickel Worth?
By James Bucki, About.com Guide
This guide will give you the value of your Jefferson nickels minted between 1965 and today (see also: Early Jefferson Nickel Values 19381964). The table listed below provides average coin values based upon the condition of the coin. If the coin shows evidence of wear on it due to being used in commerce, it is considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated." Look at pictures below so you can determine the condition of your coin.
Introduction to Coin Values
There are many factors that go into determining the value of your coins. First of all you must realize how the coin market works. If a coin dealer's inventory of 1950D Jefferson nickels is depleted, he cannot just order more of them from the U.S. Mint because the mint does not make coins dated 1950 anymore. The coin dealer must replenish his supply by buying coins from other dealers or people off the street. What he pays you for that coin is known as the "wholesale price" or "value." If you want to buy that 1950D nickel from the coin dealer, that is known as the "retail price" or "price."
Market Analysis
Jefferson nickels are still being made at the U.S. Mint and are actively used in commerce. Therefore, most circulated specimens are worth only face value, but there are a few that are worth a little more. But don't assume that you can walk in to a coin shop with a bag of Jefferson nickels and have the coin dealer dig through them to pull out the nice ones. If you want to get top dollar for your Jefferson nickels, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.
Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties
The following Jefferson nickels in any condition, are worth considerable more than common ones. Therefore, before you start celebrating your early retirement with your new found fortune, look at the coin carefully or have the coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.
Note: These two nickels were issued by the U.S. Mint in special low mintage collector sets. The coins have a special finish on them that gives the entire surface of the coin a frosty finish.
 1994 P Matt Proof
 1997 P Matt Proof
Matt Proof vs Uncirculated 
Click on the photos above for a larger image. Photos courtesy of Teletrade Coin Auctions, www.teletrade.com 
Condition or Grade Examples
Circulated  Uncirculated 
Click on the photos above for a larger image. Photos courtesy of Teletrade Coin Auctions, www.teletrade.com 
Mint Marks
As illustrated in the picture below, the mint mark is located on the obverse right side below the date. Coins that were minted in Philadelphia (19651979) had no mint mark, or (1980present) a "P" mint mark. Denver used a "D" and San Francisco used an "S".
Mint Mark Location  


Image © 2012 James Bucki 
Westward Journey Nickel Series Design Types
In 2004 the U.S. Mint began a special two year series to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase, and Lewis and Clark's expedition. In 2004 two new reverse designs were introduced. In 2005 the obverse was changed and two new reverse were used. In 2006 a new obverse was used and the original reverse showing Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, was used once again.
Original Design 19382003 Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, Ha.com 
2004 "Peace Medal" & "Keelboat" 
2005 "Bison" & "Ocean" 
2006  Present: New Monticello Reverse 
Westward Journey Images Courtesy of:
The United States Mint, www.usmint.gov 
Modern Jefferson Nickel Average Values
The following table lists the coin's value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you) for your Jefferson nickels. The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the value of an average circulated coin and the average value for an uncirculated one. These are approximate values and the actual offer that you will receive from a particular dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors. The four Westward Journey nickels are listed separately.
Date  Avg Circ  Avg Unc  Date  Avg Circ  Avg Unc  

1965  F.V.  $0.50  1995 P  F.V.  $0.50  
1965 SMS  F.V.  $1.10  1995 D  F.V.  $0.60  
1966  F.V.  $0.50  1996 P  F.V.  $0.50  
1966 SMS  F.V.  $1.10  1996 D  F.V.  $0.50  
1967  F.V.  $1.00  1997 P  F.V.  $0.60  
1967 SMS  F.V.  $1.00  1997 D  F.V.  $0.50  
1968 D  F.V.  $0.50  1997 P Matt Proof *    $70.00  
1968 S  F.V.  $0.60  1998 P  F.V.  $0.50  
1969 D  F.V.  $0.60  1998 D  F.V.  $0.50  
1969 S  F.V.  $1.10  1999 P  F.V.  $0.60  
1970 D  F.V.  $0.60  1999 D  F.V.  $0.60  
1970 S  F.V.  $1.10  2000 P  F.V.  $0.50  
1971  F.V.  $1.10  2000 D  F.V.  $0.50  
1971 D  F.V.  $0.60  2001 P  F.V.  $0.50  
1972  F.V.  $0.50  2001 D  F.V.  $0.50  
1972 D  F.V.  $0.60  2002 P  F.V.  $0.60  
1973  F.V.  $0.60  2002 D  F.V.  $0.60  
1973 D  F.V.  $0.60  2003 P  F.V.  $0.50  
1974  F.V.  $0.50  2003 D  F.V.  $0.50  
1974 D  F.V.  $0.60  Westward Journey Nickel Series  
1975  F.V.  $0.60  2004 P Peace  F.V.  $0.60  
1975 D  F.V.  $0.50  2004 D Peace  F.V.  $0.60  
1976  F.V.  $0.60  2004 P Keelboat  F.V.  $0.60  
1976 D  F.V.  $0.50  2004 D Keelboat  F.V.  $0.60  
1977  F.V.  $0.50  2005 P Bison  F.V.  $0.60  
1977 D  F.V.  $0.50  2005 P Bison, SF^  F.V.  $1.00  
1978  F.V.  $0.60  2005 D Bison  F.V.  $0.50  
1978 D  F.V.  $0.60  2005 D Bison, SF  F.V.  $1.00  
1979  F.V.  $0.60  2005 P Ocean  F.V.  $0.60  
1979 D  F.V.  $0.60  2005 P Ocean, SF  F.V.  $0.75  
1980 P  F.V.  $0.60  2005 D Ocean  F.V.  $0.60  
1980 D  F.V.  $0.50  2005 D Ocean, SF  F.V.  $0.75  
1981 P  F.V.  $0.50  New Monticello Reverse  
1981 D  F.V.  $0.60  2006 P  F.V.  $0.25  
1982 P  F.V.  $2.70  2006 P SF  F.V.  $1.00  
1982 D  F.V.  $0.60  2006 D  F.V.  $0.25  
1983 P  F.V.  $1.10  2006 D SF  F.V.  $1.00  
1983 D  F.V.  $1.10  2007 P  F.V.  $0.25  
1984 P  F.V.  $0.60  2007 P SF  F.V.  $0.75  
1984 D  F.V.  $0.50  2007 D  F.V.  $0.25  
1985 P  F.V.  $0.50  2007 D SF  F.V.  $0.75  
1985 D  F.V.  $0.60  2008 P  F.V.  $0.25  
1986 P  F.V.  $0.60  2008 P SF  F.V.  $0.75  
1986 D  F.V.  $0.50  2008 D  F.V.  $0.25  
1987 P  F.V.  $0.50  2008 D SF  F.V.  $0.75  
1987 D  F.V.  $0.60  2009 P  F.V.  $0.25  
1988 P  F.V.  $0.60  2009 P SF  F.V.  $0.50  
1988 D  F.V.  $0.50  2009 D  F.V.  $0.25  
1989 P  F.V.  $0.50  2009 D SF  F.V.  $0.50  
1989 D  F.V.  $0.60  2010 P  F.V.  $0.25  
1990 P  F.V.  $0.50  2010 P SF  F.V.  $0.50  
1990 D  F.V.  $0.60  2010 D  F.V.  $0.25  
1991 P  F.V.  $0.60  2010 D SF  F.V.  $0.50  
1991 D  F.V.  $0.60  2011 P  F.V.  $0.25  
1992 P  F.V.  $0.50  2011 D  F.V.  $0.25  
1992 D  F.V.  $0.60  2012 P  F.V.  $0.25  
1993 P  F.V.  $0.60  2012 D  F.V.  $0.25  
1993 D  F.V.  $0.60  
1994 P  F.V.  $0.50  
1994 D  F.V.  $0.60  
1994 P Matt Proof *    $25.00 
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.
 = Value data is not available.
F.V. = Face
Value
SF = Satin Finish; These coins were made with a special satin finish and were
issued in
Uncirculated Mint Sets.
These values have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing publications such as Numismatic News,
Coin World, "The Official Blue Book; Handbook of U.S. Coins," The Coin Dealer Newsletter,
published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.
Read More About The Jefferson Nickel:
Early Jefferson Nickel Values 19381964 How to Start Collecting Jefferson Nickels What Determines the Value and Price of Coins?
Read About How to Sell Your Coins
How to Sell Your Coins for the Most Money How to Find an Honest Coin Dealer How to Sell Coins on eBay
Read How to Preserve and Protect Your Coins
Protecting, Preserving and Storing Your Coin Collection Seven Ways to Ruin Your Coins