Here are some pictures of my 1995D nickel. Do the steps have to be perfect in order to receive the FS tag? You can notice a mark on the bottom left of the stairs that messed it all up .. In your opinion would this get an AU grade?
That nickel looks AU, but your photos are not sharp enough to evaluate the steps. Since the full steps description is a measure of strike, I have bought many such mint state nickels even if their steps have been hit and marked by other nickels at the mint. Others prefer the steps to show no hits, but I prefer the strike, particularly if it was made during an early die state.