Mint marks: none
Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Weight: 5 grams
The 1966 Jefferson Nickel was produced for circulation and for inclusion within special mint sets offered to collectors. This year, the designer’s initials “FS” were added to the truncation of the neck. Once again, the coins were struck without the use of mint marks. The overall mintage for this issue was 156,208,283. Nickels from the special mint sets which display cameo or deep cameo contrast command premiums from collectors, as do circulation strike examples with full steps.
The Jefferson Nickel was first issued in 1938 to honor the third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson. The designs were created by Felix Schlag and selected from a public competition which drew 390 different designs. The obverse design features an elegant bust of Thomas Jefferson, while the reverse features a view of Monticello. The broader series has continued in through the present day, although a series of design changes occurred from 2004 to 2006, which concluded with a permanent change to the obverse design.
Individual issues: 1966 Jefferson Nickel, 1966 SMS Jefferson Nickel