Most valuable Jefferson nickels

Nickels with the image of the third President Thomas Jefferson could be quite valuable, which may surprise COIN fans.

Depending on a few factors, some of these coins might be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

A few Jefferson coins have recently sold for thousands of dollars online.

Remember that the majority of these coins are uncirculated, which are much harder to find because they aren't made available for general circulation.

A Jefferson nickel recently sold online for $922. The reverse of the coin has a "S" below the words "E Pluribus Unum."

1. 1945 Jefferson nickel - $922

This nickel, which contained 35% silver, was used during World War II.

According to CoinTrackers, "These nickels are typically unsightly and filthy but a great way to stock up on silver at near spot or under."

The coin was graded as "MS 67" by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC), the seller claims.

For those who are not familiar, proof coins are thought to be even more rare than uncirculated ones.

2. 1940 Jefferson nickel – $1,314

In late 2020, a 1940 Jefferson proof coin—described by the seller as a "5C REVERSE OF 1938"—sold for more than $1,300 on eBay.

The coin, which has a PF 67 grade, has only 17 times, according to the seller, been certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC).

In December, a Jefferson nickel in uncirculated condition sold on eBay for more than $1,500.

3. 1949 Jefferson nickel – $1,557

The 1949 year and the "S" mintmark are visible on the nickel. In addition, NGC awarded the coin an MS 67 grade certification.

The 1951 Jefferson nickel, with a S mark in uncirculated condition, is the most expensive coin on this list.

4. 1951 Jefferson nickel – $5,200

The 1951 S nickel has one of the lower mintages when compared to the other Jefferson series coins. In higher grades, 1951 S coins are quite uncommon.

According to Jamie Hernandez of PCGS, "The 1951-S appears to be scarce in MS66 grade and higher."

One in an MS 67 grade that was recently listed on eBay sold for $5,200.