Kathy writes: Here is the scan of the nickel that I have. It appears to be struck too hard at the mint or the die failed. the back side of the nickel is perfect and the coin appears to be in unsurculated condition, as I got it from the bank. It appears to have been minted in 1999. there is no corrosion or tool marks on it. If you could can you give me an approximate value of the coin.
This coin looks as if it is a “struck-thru” error. That is, some object, usually cloth from a die cleaning rag, came between the die and the planchet (the blank). The affected side has little or no detail since the cloth filled the recesses of the die.
Struck-thru errors on Jefferson nickels are in demand by error collectors and bring approximately $50 when offered for sale.