Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1941 NICKEL


I have several old coins and I'm am in need of some money so I thought it might be time to check them out.I looked online and was looking at coins and their dates.When I looked up the 1941 nickel,I read about the rare nickel with the small "S" to the right of the monument.I looked thru mine and I have 1 that has the small "S" in that spot.I'm wondering if I also have a rare,nickel.I also have 1-1964,1-1957,1-1952 and all 3 have no letter above the monument but also have a small letter to the right of the monument and it looks like a "D" or an "O".
Can you please advise? I understand that you need to see the actual coin but I'm looking for direction.
Thanks so much.Will be looking for your email.


Grading is important in establishing the value of your coins. There is no "O" mintmark. All dates you list are common. They have little value in circulated condition.

Actually, on the 1941, the Large "S" is the "Rare" one. See:

For grading, see:

For values, see:

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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.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

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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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