2007 Individual Nickel Search

 In October 2007, one of the OCCC members decided to conduct his own, personal nickel search.  The intent was to determine how many of the Westward-Ho nickels could be found in general nickel population, and also to see what older nickels could be found. Every 3-4 days he would acquire 10 nickel rolls from area banks, search the contents and record the findings. The search continued for over 6 months and eventually over 50,000 nickels were examined and recorded. Below are some of the notable findings.

  • Over 50,000 nickels were searched and categorized
  • 6.89% of the total were Westward-Ho nickels (2004 - 2005)
  • The "Ocean in View" version of 2004 had the highest total (1260), followed by "Peace" (936)
  • 649 "older" Jefferson nickels (1938-59) were found, including many 1938/39 pieces
  • 26 Indian Head ("Buffalo" - 1913-1938) were found
  • 3 Liberty Head (1883-1913) nickels were found
  • 169 "S"-mint nickels (1938-55, 68-70) were found
  • 27 Silver nickels (1942-45) were found
  • 2 "Proof" nickels were found (1960, 1962)

The table below shows the summarized findings. The actual 2007 Individual Nickel Search Summary Spreadsheet includes more detail on the collection and search findings.

2007 Individual Nickel Search Summary

Year MM Style Qty %
2004 P&D Peace 936 1.83%
2004 P&D Keelboat 687 1.34%
2005 P&D Buffalo 636 1.25%
2005 P&D Ocean View 1260 2.47%
2006 P&D New Obverse 2990 5.85%
2007 P&D New Obverse 3274 6.41%







Pre 1960 649 1.27%


War Silver 27 0.05%


S-mints 169 0.33%


Older Nickels 29 0.06%


Misc 57 0.11%


Other 40366 79.03%







Total 51080 100.00%





2004 P&D Peace / Keelboat 1623 3.18%
2005 P&D Buffalo / Ocean View 1896 3.71%
2006 P&D New Obverse 2990 5.85%
2007 P&D New Obverse 3274 6.41%
Pre-2004 PDS All Other Nickels 41240 80.74%


Other Coins 57 0.11%







Total 51080 100.00%


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