Numismedia lists the following approximate retail values as of 04/2010:
No mint mark (Philadelphia):
Very worn condition - $0.06
Moderately worn - $0.08
Slightly worn - $0.14
Almost no wear - $0.60
Uncirculated - $1.20 to $89.70 depending on quality
"D" mint mark (Denver):
Very worn - $0.07
Moderately worn - $0.18
Slightly worn - $0.30
Almost no wear - $1.40
Uncirculated - $2.40 to $80.60
"S" mint mark (San Francisco):
Very worn - $0.07
Moderately worn - $0.19
Slightly worn - $0.36
Almost no wear - $1.20
Uncirculated - $2.64 to $124.80Answer1940 nickel; With no mint mark, in very fine condition-$0.20, in uncirculated condition-$1.75, proof-$37.50. With D mint mark, in very fine condition-$0.25, in uncirculated condition-$3.75. With S mint mark, in very fine condition-$0.30, in uncirculated condition-$3.75.
It's the usual practice of this site to answer a single question at a time. Please see:"What is the value of a 1940 US nickel?""What is the value of a 1942 US nickel?""What is the value of a 1944 US nickel?"
Your coin is called a Jefferson nickel. Liberty nickels were minted from 1883 to 1912. For information on values and mint marks please see the question "What is the value of a 1940 US nickel?"
If you got in change, just spend it.
The only nickels to contain any silver were the so-called "war nickels" minted from 1942 to 1945. Your nickel, and all others ever minted except for war nickels, is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel.Despite its age, a 1940 nickel is fairly common and is only worth a few cents above face value unless it's in uncirculated condition.The 1940 nickel is made of the same copper/nickel blend still used today. It's not an especially rare date, worth around upwards of a dollar or so.
Please don't assume that because a coin is old it has to be made out of silver. These coins are called "nickels" because ... they're made from nickel (and copper). The only nickels to contain any silver were the so-called "war nickels" minted from 1942 to 1945. Your nickel, and all others ever minted except for war nickels, is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. There's more information at the question "What is the value of a 1940 US nickel?"
As of 16 Feb 2018, the melt value of one US nickel is 4.4 cents.
This design is called either a buffalo nickel or an Indian head nickel; both names are about equally common. Please see the question "What is the value of a 1919 US nickel?" for more information.
The US nickel was first issued in 1866. Please double-check your coin.
5 cents. Only a small handful of Jefferson nickels are worth more than face value, such as the 1942-45 silver war nickels, and the elusive 1950-D.
If it's from Philadelphia, about 60¢ retail. From Denver or San Francisco, about $1.50
A 1957 nickel is worth face value only, unless it's uncirculated or a proof coin.
In average condition, both coins are only worth their face value.
A half dollar (which is not a nickel) and a nickel.
Average current retail value is $5.00
Liberty nickels were made from 1883 to 1912. Your coin is a familiar Jefferson nickel. Please see the question "What is the value of a 1939 US nickel?" for values.
This famous design is also frequently called an Indian head nickel. Please see the question "What is the value of a 1920 US nickel?" for more information.
Susan B Anthony is not on a nickel but rather a dollar coin. See thee link below for the value of a 1905 US nickel.
Check that coin again. The first U.S. nickel was issued in 1866.
The coin is 75% & 25% nickel.
It's worth around $2 in uncirculated condition; otherwise it's only worth face value. Five cents.
It's not possible to give an answer without a date. Look for questions in the form "What is the value of a date> US nickel?" for specific information.
The 1936 Indian Head and or Buffalo nickel is the highest mintage coin of the series. Average value is $1.00-$3.00.
There was no fifty dollar US gold coin produced in 1940.