Coin and Paper Money Collecting/war nickel errors


QUESTION: I recently purchased a 1943 D war nickel.I noticed a few errors i am not too sure about.there is doubling on obv and rev,and several die cracks across the obv.I would like to know if i have something worth sending in to get graded or are they just common "non-errors"?pics wont really help cause a loupe is needed to see the doubling.


You don't indicate the grade, but I'm guessing it's minor in nature as far as the errors. If you need a loupe to see the doubling, the doubled die is minor. The die cracks, lamination, etc., are fairly common on this era coin. I've given you a couple of links to look at the better die doubling errors.  and  Hope this helps.

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QUESTION: The grade is indicated as Choice Uncirculated+FS(business strike) if the sites you gave will answer my error questions,thanks for the info and your time.but with the grade,if there is more to it any additional info would help.thanks again.


I'm not an expert on Full Step nickels, but I'm listing several sites for you to check out. I'm guessing the coin may be worth more as an FS than a variety/error. Retail value of raw 43-D FS 5c varies from about $10 to $25. With no photo, I'm in the dark as to which doubled die it may be, if it is a doubled die. There are eight classes of doubled dies. In looking at the 1943-D date and mint mark, only two RPM's are noted, no doubled dies.  

See: and also see as another information source with doubled die experts:  Good Luck!  

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


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1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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