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04 Feb 2017

War nickels

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The Jefferson nickels struck in Wartime alloy (copper-silver-manganese) form a set-within-a-set that is interesting to the historian, the WWII buff, and the collector. Only eleven coins are in the set, 1942-1945, P-D-S. They can be collected in circulated condition or all in Mint State. And they are a special set, as the coins have a large mintmark on the reverse, above Monticello, including the Philadelphia Mint issues.
Circulated War nickels have a scruffy look. They can still be found in change; I found one fairly recently. Uncirculated War nickels are a pretty white color, due to the silver content. Some may have attractive toning. I once owned a 1943-S with pink and green toning on the reverse. Those desiring a proof specimen need the 1942-P, a coin in demand from type collectors too.
There are a few varieties, such as the 1943/2 overdate, a 1943-P "doubled eye" of Jefferson, and 1945-P with a double die reverse.
The War nickels can be housed within a Jefferson set, or in its own holder. Special holders are available, often depicting a scene from World War II. Such a set would make a nice gift for a veteran or a World War II buff. WWII items are very popular now.
History, silver, a short set worth completing...War nickels.



Level 5

I still find one in circulation every now and again.


Level 6

That was a great blog. Short and to the point. I do love war nickles! I recently came up with some extra ones and put them back into circulation so keep an eye out!! Thanks..

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

i was so excited the first time i found a silver nickel in a coin roll


Level 6

The war-nickels in uncirculated condition makes a beautiful set.

Beautifully written blog. The "silver" nickels and the 1943 steel cent are the only coin examples of war-time scarcities. Mintages may have dipped drastically, but the coins did not change design or metal during any other war. Only the Fractional Currency of the Civil War gives us another example. During the Civil War we continued to strike standard coins, even the silver Three Cent piece and silver Dollar. Your idea of using this subset as a gift is both thoughtful and original.


Level 7

Very nice blog. Thank you. There are so many collectors who don't know about these and they should. It's a big part of our history. Your talking WW2. It was very important we needed those metals. Just like the steel 1943 cents they were just important. Thanks foe the information. Mike.

Every couple of years I still one in pocket change. Most non-collectors are only aware of old silver dimes and quarters, and completely miss the nickel.

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