How Much Is a 1950 Nickel worth? (+Value Chart)

Last Updated on August 29, 2022

The 1950 nickel is a Jefferson nickel that has a high value in uncirculated conditions.

Some of them have also been sold for thousands of dollars during auctions.

If you want to learn more about the value of this nickel, you are in the right place. 

Here is a complete guide for you. 

1950 -D Jefferson Nickel - Choice/Gem BU US Coin


How Much Is 1950 Nickel Worth?

The worth of the 1950 nickel depends on the type and condition of the coin. There is a 1940 nickel without a mintmark, with a D mintmark, and proof coins with no mintmark.

The circulated condition coin will only be worth $1 without a mintmark. However, in an uncirculated condition with MS60 grade, the coin will be worth around $2.28.

In MS65 grade, the coin will be worth at least $7.8. The 1950 nickel with a D mintmark will be worth $10 in circulated conditions. 

However, it will be worth $16 in MS60 grade and $23 in MS65 grade. Finally, the proof coins of this nickel in PR65 condition will be worth more than $60.

Type of 1950 Nickel Condition/Grade Estimated Worth
Without  a mintmark Circulated  $1
  MS60 $2.28
  MS65 $7.8
With a D mintmark Circulated  $10
  MS60 $16
  MS65 $23
Proof coin with no mintmark PR65 $60


Looking for the value of other coins from 1950? Read more of our guides:

What Are The Features Of The 1950 Nickel?

1950 P Jefferson Nickel Average Circulated Five-Cent Piece

The obverse feature of the coin is a portrait of former President Jefferson facing the left side. The phrase “In God we Trust” is inscribed on the left periphery of the coin.

However, the phrase “Liberty” along with the date is inscribed on the right side of the coin. The reverse features of this coin include a portrait of Jefferson’s house Monticello with the name written beneath the portrait.

The phrase “E Pluribus Unum” is on the top of the coin. Beneath Monticello, you will find the phrases “United States of America” and “Five Cents.”

Is The 1950D Nickel Rare?

When the 1950D nickels were released, they were hoarded by the masses. That is why you will still get many of these nickels in the Mint States.

However, it is a rarity to find a circulated variety of this coin, as they are unseen. If collectors have this coin, they will sell it for a premium price in Mint conditions.

The best thing about this nickel is that it is easy to get ahold of. However, it will be a victory if you find these nickels in circulated conditions. 

Are 1950 Nickels Silver?

1950 P Jefferson Nickel Average Circulated Five-Cent Piece

The silver composition nickels were only minted in the 40s. However, in 1950, nickels were not made using silver.

Instead, the metal composition of this nickel contains 74% copper and 25% nickel. That is why these coins will not give you a high melt value.

They weigh five grams, so the melt value may not be that high. Because of this, most people add this coin to their collections or sell it in its standard condition. 

What Nickel Years Are The Most Valuable?

There have been many valuable nickels that have been sold for thousands of dollars. Some of these include:

  • The 7D 1918 Buffalo Nickel, which was sold for over $350,700
  • The Liberty Head 1913 V Nickel, which was sold for over $3,730,000
  • The 1867 Shield Nickel, which was sold for more than $130,200
  • The 1916 Buffalo Nickel, which was sold for more than $281,700

These were sold at auctions, and the rest are with coin collectors. The specimens are rare, and you can’t get ahold of them.

There are many more of such nickels that have been sold for thousands of dollars at auctions with time. 

What Year Of Nickels Contain Silver?

There are a few nickel varieties that have been minted in silver. These include the nickels between 1942 and 1945.

However, these varieties of nickels have another important feature that you must look for. That is because the mintmark on these nickels is inscribed on the reverse side of the coin on top of the portrait of Monticello.

You will not find the mintmark in this location in other varieties of this coin. These nickels are also valuable, and you must add them to your coin collection if you get a hold of them, as they have a high value. 

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.