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02 Feb 2021

The Silver Jefferson Nickel

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Hi guys! Today my blog is going to be about silver Jefferson Nickels, or as I am going to refer to them in this blog "War Nickels". The first thing to know about war nickels is that they were made to preserve nickel for the war effort. The two things that make war nickels different is their composition and the location of the mintmark. The Mint decided to place the mintmark above the Monticello Building on the reverse of the coin, and they also decided to make the mintmark a lot larger than normal, making it easy to tell them apart from other nickels even they are not very silvery looking. They were made of 35% silver, 56% Copper, and 6% manganese. As a result of their different, unusual composition, they typically have a weird look to them that also makes them stand out. One thing I have noticed noticed that is that errors/varieties seem easy to find on war nickels, the reason I say this is because one time I hunted a $100 dollar box of nickels and found 2 war nickels in the box, but the interesting thing is that they both had a type of error. One of them had cool die cracks on the reverse, while the other had some cool lamination errors on the obverse, please see the pics below. Thanks for reading my blog! And have a great day!



Level 5

I likes war nickels!


Level 5

Ya, they are really cool and easy to find!


Level 5

War nickels are so cool! I feel like lamination errors are really common on war nickels. Thanks for the blog!

It's Mokie

Level 6

The war nickels are truly beautiful when uncirculated but Hella ugly when well circulated. LOL Thanks for sharing your research.


Level 4

I think I have found one while roll hunting and it weighed correct. It just doesn't have the big MM.


Level 5

What year was it?


Level 6

They are cool. I like your errors. I believe the mint did the big MM was to make it easier to pull them out of circulation and melt them down. Thanks.


Level 6

Great finds! Nice looking Nickels! ; )


Level 7

There in my set B/U. They shine nicely


Level 5

When I was younger I would find war nickels a lot when searching rolls. I should of done more searching ! Nice finds !

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I like them


Level 5

Very interesting.. . I love war nickels! Fascinating history as well as silver content. As Stumpy would say... "Nuff said!". Cya 'round!

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