The value of a 1974-D Jefferson Nickel varies greatly. It depends on several factors, including its condition, grade, and strike. Full steps on the coin are rare, and most do not have a strong strike. In grades of almost uncirculated, 1974-D Jefferson Nickels are worth five to 10 cents. PCGS and NGC price guides typically base their prices on PCGS and NGC graded coins, and sample only a small number of raw coins.
The model of the 1974 D nickel is unknown, but was originally depicted as an American bison. The coin also featured the legend LIBERTY and the date of its issuance. On the reverse, the coin features a wreath of corn, cotton, and grain. The word “liberty” on the coin is spelled in a modern way, indicating that it is in honor of the American explorers, who made the American West possible.
The original Buffalo Nickel, which features a buffalo standing on a mound, was not issued until 1926. It was in standard circulation until 1933. Its design is similar to the current buffalo nickel. In addition, the coin features the iconic double-head of the Australian emu. The Mint also makes numismatic coins. These include gold coins and numismatic coins. It is a complex task to monitor the condition of these coins, but it is worth the effort.
The reverse face of the 1974-D nickel displays a pair of radial antipodal die cracks. A die subsidence error is also visible on this coin. Although the design on the reverse face is still visible, it is slightly deformed. The die subsidence error is located at the right column of the Monticello staircase. However, the 1974-D nickel does not contain any major die breaks. Its condition is generally good.
The obverse of the coin portrayed Jefferson in a portrait-like position, which was similar to Jean-Antoine Houdon’s 1789 bust. Jefferson’s portrait was not based on the original three-quarter perspective, which is why his image is flat on the reverse of the coin. This change made it possible for the mint to add a head-on depiction of Monticello to the coin in 1966.
The reverse of the coin shows the home and office of Thomas Jefferson. The date is obverse-centered. The design is made of copper and nickel, but the obverse lacks the designer’s initials. The reverse depicts the home of the president. The reverse of the coin is a replica of the obverse. A second version, dubbed the 1970 S Doubled Die Obverse, features an eye of the president with a bowtie.