A common error with the 1985-P Jefferson Nickel is the failure of the dies to produce a strong step. Finding an example with a clean step will be very difficult. There are a few different methods that you can try to find an error-free coin. If you find a coin with a strong step, you will be in for a big surprise. But whatever you do, don’t give up yet.
One way to find a rare coin is to go to rummage sales or community sales. Chances are that the coin dealers you’re dealing with aren’t knowledgeable about the error varieties. But savvy collectors know where to look and can often pluck out an error-free example for a regular price. While you can’t find the same coin as a famous collector, you can get the same error-free coin for a fraction of the usual price.