Valuable American Nickels In Circulation

1. 1942-1945 War Nickels

During World War II, nickel was needed for the war effort, so the composition of nickels was changed. These "War Nickels" are 35% silver, making them more valuable than regular nickels.

2. 1938-D Buffalo Nickel

The 1938-D Buffalo Nickel, especially in higher grades, can be quite valuable. Look for coins with a strong strike and minimal wear.

3. 1950-D Jefferson Nickel

The 1950-D Jefferson Nickel is another valuable coin, especially in higher grades. Look for coins with full steps on the Monticello building on the reverse.

4. 2004 and 2005 Jefferson Nickels

Some 2004 and 2005 Jefferson Nickels were minted with errors, such as the "Speared Bison" and the "Ocean in View" reverse, which can make them valuable to collectors.

5. 1939-D Jefferson Nickel

While not as valuable as some of the others on this list, the 1939-D Jefferson Nickel can still fetch a decent price, especially in higher grades.

6. 2009 Jefferson Nickels

In 2009, the U.S. Mint issued special designs for the Jefferson Nickel to commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth and the Lewis and Clark expedition. These can be collectible, especially in uncirculated condition.

7. Off-Center Strikes and Double Dies

Keep an eye out for nickels with off-center strikes or double die errors, as these can be valuable to collectors.