The Joys of Collecting column from Dec. 21, 2015, issue of Coin World:
It was nearly three years ago that I became intrigued with a certain 1975-D Jefferson 5-cent coin with the D Mint mark in a strange position — to the left of the 5 of the date instead of down from it.
This was called to my attention by a Coin World article by Mike Diamond.
I contacted him and for $25 bought an example in, say, Very Fine grade.
The mintage of the 1975-D nickel is 410,875,300, or more than one for every man, woman, and child in America. Where the heck did they all go?
If only one obverse die had an errant Mint mark, and if that die was used to strike 500,000 coins, then this variety is 800 times rarer than one with a regularly-placed D!
A few weeks later, and with some trepidation, I wrote this in my column:
“To the first Coin World reader who can supply me with a nice Mint State example of the misplaced D I will pay $500. I want just one coin, not dozens! Plus, I will donate another $500 to the non-profit numismatic organization the seller names.
“I am doing this to have a little fun!
“Let’s see what happens.”