RARE Famous 1944 No P Francis Leroy Henning Jefferson War Nickel 5 five cents
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This is a 1944 dated Jefferson wartime nickel without the P over the dome. This is the nickel with the story made famous by Francis Leroy Henning of Erial NJ.
The five cent piece appears to be in very good to fine condition ..... It has the telltale loop in the R of PLURIBUS. No mintmark.
A great conversation piece with a great, interesting history.
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Here is part of the Henning story :An unofficial variety of the 1944 P nickel was counterfeited by Francis Leroy Henning in 1954. Henning was a 62 year old mechanical engineer from Erial New Jersey. The fakes were quickly spotted because Henning neglected to add a large P above the dome -- which would have occured on a War Year nickel. Also, the R in Pluribus on the reverse side had a loop in the lower left leg.
It is estimated that 100,000 of Henning's nickels reached circulation. After learning the authorities were hot on his trail --- he reported dumped about 200,000 nickels and his dies in the Cooper River. 14,000 were recovered.... read more