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What is a 1959 nickel?

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A 1959 nickel is a coin minted in that year with a face value of five cents. Known as a Jefferson nickel, it features former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson in portrait on the obverse side; his home of Monticello is depicted on the reverse.

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Two varieties of the 1959 nickel exist, including the Philadelphia Mint nickel with no mint mark and the Denver Mint nickel with a "D" mint mark on the reverse to the right of the image of Monticello. Of these two, the Philadelphia version is worth more as of 2014, as there were fewer produced. A 1959 Jefferson Philadelphia Mint nickel, depending on its quality, can be worth from 40 cents to approximately $2.50.

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