How much is a 1961 nickel worth?


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At 2014 pricing levels, a 1961 nickel is worth between its face value of 5 cents and a collector's value of 49 cents, depending on its condition. Coin collectors use a scale of good, fine, extremely fine and uncirculated to grade the condition of coins.

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Nickels minted between 1938 and 1964 are called Jefferson nickels. They are graded based on the readability of the words and letters on the coin. Coins with worn-down letters are likely to fall in the good grade. The most valuable Jefferson nickels are those dated between 1942 and 1945, known as wartime silver Jefferson nickels.

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