Proof Jefferson Nickels

Proof Jefferson Nickels were struck for collectors for the first year of the series in 1938. The number of proof nickels struck vastly outnumbered the other denominations due to the increased interest generated by the new design. During this era, the Philadelphia Mint issued proof coins to collectors either individually or as part of a complete set.

The mintages for proof nickels would more closely track the other denominations during the following three years. Then, the 1942 Proof Jefferson Nickel would be struck both in standard composition and silver, prompting another year of heightened interest from collectors. Proof coins would be not be produced again until the release of the 1950 Proof Set. From this time onward, proof coins were issued as part of a set containing all denominations struck for the year.

Another gap in production took place from 1965 to 1967, when only Special Mint Sets were produced. From 1968 onwards, all proof coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint and once again issued within annual Proof Sets.

The lowest mintage Proof Jefferson Nickels are the earliest years of issue from 1938 to 1942. Other notable issues include the 1994-P and 1997-P matte proof issues, which were only included within limited edition commemorative coin sets. From 1992 to present, proof nickels have been included in both the regular Proof Set as well as the Silver Proof Set, resulting in elevated mintages.

Proof Jefferson Nickel Mintages

1938 19,365
1939 12,535
1940 14,158
1941 18,720
1942 29,600
1942-P Silver 27,600
1950 51,386
1951 57,500
1952 81,980
1953 128,800
1954 233,300
1955 378,200
1956 669,384
1957 1,247,952
1958 875,652
1959 1,149,291
1960 1,691,602
1961 3,028,144
1962 3,218,019
1963 3,075,645
1964 3,950,762
1968-S 3,041,506
1969-S 2,934,631
1970-S 2,632,810
1971-S 3,220,733
1972-S 3,260,996
1973-S 2,760,339
1974-S 2,612,568
1975-S 2,845,450
1976-S 4,149,730
1977-S 3,251,152
1978-S 3,127,781
1979-S 3,677,175
1980-S 3,554,806
1981-S 4,063,083
1982-S 3,857,479
1983-S 3,279,126
1984-S 3,065,110
1985-S 3,362,821
1986-S 3,010,497
1987-S 4,227,728
1988-S 3,262,948
1989-S 3,220,194
1990-S 3,299,559
1991-S 2,867,787
1992-S 4,176,560
1993-S 3,394,792
1994-P Matte Proof 167,703
1994-S 3,269,923
1995-S 2,797,481
1996-S 2,525,625
1997-P Matte Proof 25,000
1997-S 2,796,678
1998-S 2,965,299
1999-S 3,347,966
2000-S 4,047,993
2001-S 3,184,606
2002-S 2,277,720
2003-S 3,298,439
2004-S Peace Medal 2,992,069
2004-S Keelboat 2,992,069
2005-S Buffalo 3,344,679
2005-S Ocean 3,344,679
2006-S 3,054,436
2007-S 2,577,166
2008-S 2,169,561
2009-S 2,179,867