As of June, 2024, a 1971-S Nickel in circulated condition is worth $1.00, while an uncirculated specimen can be valued between $1.00 and $10.00, depending on its grade and strike quality.

Looking back at auction records, the highest price was achieved by a Mint State grade that was hammered at $51.00 in the 09/12/2001 by renowned auctioneer Heritage Auctions, showcasing the allure of top-tier rarities.

Designer: Felix Schlag
Edge: Plain
Diameter: 21.20 millimeters
Weight: 5.00 grams
Mintage: 3,220,733
Mint: San Francisco
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Series: Jefferson Five Cents 1965 to Date

1971-S Nickel (Proof) – Price Chart

If you are aware of your coin’s grade, refer to the following chart to determine its value:


If you are unsure of the grade, you can assess it based on the coin’s condition. More detailed information here.

GradeLowest Price($)Highest Price($)Average Price($)
Mint State1.0010.002.41
About Uncirculated1.001.001.00

Please note that the estimated values are derived from the latest data in the PCGS Price Guide and are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. We strongly recommend reviewing actual auction records, which can be filtered by grade. For further insights, refer to our analysis report, which is based on these data.

Also, there are multiple versions of the 1971 Jefferson Nickel. We recommend checking the values of these coins as well to ensure a comprehensive assessment.

Coin NameMin Circulated Price($)Max Circulated Price($)Min Uncirculated Price($)Max Uncirculated Price($)
1971 Nickel (Regular Strike)N/AN/A2.0036.00
1971-D Nickel (Regular Strike)N/AN/A1.0080.00
1971 Nickel No S (Proof)N/AN/A825.001,850.00
1971 Nickel, FS (Regular Strike)N/AN/A3.005,500.00
1971-D Nickel, FS (Regular Strike)N/AN/A2.00450.00
1971-S Nickel, CAM (Proof)N/AN/A3.0014.00
1971-S Nickel, DCAM (Proof)N/AN/A3.00215.00
1971 Nickel No S, CAM (Proof)N/AN/A850.002,150.00
1971 Nickel No S, DCAM (Proof)N/AN/A950.004,500.00

Coins listed have various mint marks and designations indicating where they were minted and if they are special strikes. To learn more about what the different mint marks and designations mean, please refer to our Mint Mark Chart and Coin Designation Reference Chart.

1971-S Nickel (Proof) – Auction Chart & Report

This tool is very user-friendly. Simply select the coin grade, and our system will provide detailed information including:

  • Lowest Sale Price
  • Highest Sale Price
  • Average Sale Price
  • Most Recent Sale Price
  • Number of Sales
  • Sales Volume

You can also select different time periods for your query: 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, or All time, with the default set to All time.

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Grade Impact Analysis

GradeLowest Price($)Highest Price($)Average Price($)

The chart shows the min and max prices for the 1971-S Nickel (Proof) coin across various grades from MS-63 to MS-70. The prices generally increase as the grade improves, with MS-70 having the highest max price $51.00.

Within each grade, there is also variability in prices, likely due to factors like specific coin characteristics or market conditions at time of sale. Overall, the chart illustrates how coin grade is a key driver of value for this particular 1971-S Nickel (Proof).

Auction House Comparison

The pie chart breaks down the market share of various auction houses for selling the 1971-S Nickel (Proof) coin. Heritage Auctions dominates with 50.00% share, followed by David Lawrence RC / Great Collections with 26.67% / 23.33% appearances respectively..

Price Trend Over Time

The graph presents a detailed analysis of the average annual auction sale price and frequency for the 1971-S Nickel (Proof) coin over the years. This visual representation traces the coin's value fluctuations, illustrating periods of increase, decrease, or stability in its average auction price.

Such a historical view is indispensable for collectors, investors, or researchers who are keen on comprehending the market dynamics and the coin's value trend over an extended period.

Raw Auction Records

Here are the lasted auction records from the auction history of the past years. You can filter these records by coin grade.

GradeGrade SourceSellerPrice($)Sold Date
MS-68NGCDavid Lawrence RC17.0012/06/2015
MS-67NGCGreat Collections8.0007/13/2014
MS-67NGCGreat Collections8.0012/29/2013
MS-67NGCGreat Collections11.0008/11/2013
MS-64PCGSGreat Collections7.0006/16/2013
MS-69NGCGreat Collections45.0008/26/2012
MS-69NGCGreat Collections45.0004/29/2012
MS-67PCGSGreat Collections11.0004/08/2012
MS-66DGSDavid Lawrence RC11.0007/01/2010
MS-66PCGSDavid Lawrence RC12.0001/11/2010
MS-69ICGDavid Lawrence RC14.0008/03/2009
MS-68NGCDavid Lawrence RC19.0012/27/2007
MS-69PCGSHeritage Auctions11.0011/12/2007
MS-67NGCDavid Lawrence RC32.0005/07/2007
MS-67NGCDavid Lawrence RC6.0001/02/2006
MS-67PCGSDavid Lawrence RC10.0012/20/2004
MS-63ANACSHeritage Auctions41.0012/13/2004
MS-70ICGHeritage Auctions33.0001/12/2004
MS-67PCGSHeritage Auctions11.0012/24/2002
MS-67PCGSHeritage Auctions15.0012/17/2002
MS-68PCGSHeritage Auctions10.0011/19/2002
MS-67PCGSHeritage Auctions8.0011/19/2002
MS-68PCGSHeritage Auctions12.0011/12/2002
MS-67PCGSHeritage Auctions8.0011/12/2002
MS-68PCGSHeritage Auctions8.0011/05/2002
MS-67PCGSHeritage Auctions8.0010/29/2002
MS-68PCGSHeritage Auctions11.0010/29/2002
MS-70ICGHeritage Auctions33.0009/29/2002
MS-70ICGHeritage Auctions51.0009/12/2001
MS-70ICGHeritage Auctions26.0008/01/2001