1943 P Jefferson war nickel with much more silver

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by egodoro, May 27, 2019.

  1. egodoro

    egodoro Member

    As I said earlier, I only have this one war nickel, but I’ve had other coins tested and they’ve always been spot on.
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  3. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    War nickels are cheap, pick up a couple and test them side by side with the one in question.
  4. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    As am I.
  5. juris klavins

    juris klavins Well-Known Member

    Agreed - try the machine on other known silver-containing coins, i.e. 40% Kennedy half (1965-1970) (don't know how it would analyze a clad coin) or 80% Canadian dime or quarter (pre-1967) - if those check out, then your anomalous nickel may be the real deal.
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  6. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The odds on this nickel not being 35% is almost zero.
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  7. Bambam8778

    Bambam8778 Well-Known Member

    It is impossible, in this case, to have just one however it has not been impossible to find the first one after a good stint of time and have others follow. Sometimes people just don't check as thoroughly as we think and years go by before someone has something. I think if you do your due diligence and investigate like everyone here is suggesting and you can still prove what you state then it's time to send it in to the experts. Nothing wrong with that. Surely the OP will go through it all since if he has what he says he has, it would be a great discovery piece, for sure! Best of luck!
  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    You can say that again!
  9. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    I said almost zero, because while I agree a "discovery piece" is possible, it is highly unlikely. They would have had to made a mistake with a whole batch when they were mixing, and melting this alloy. And for no one to discover that a coin was higher in silver (different patina) is almost impossible after 75 years.
  10. egodoro

    egodoro Member

    I’m doing what I can to solve this - asking for help, stating the facts, and doing my homework. I’m new to collecting, but I’m also an experienced RN used to doing all of that and handle criticism along the way.

    Thanks for sending positive vibes! I’ll keep you updated.
  11. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Coin Talk. IMO your best response is to buy a few War nickels and have them tested. Then post the results. This will put the topic to bed.
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  12. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Supporter! Supporter

    The 40% is net (by weight), from two layers of 80% silver/20% copper bonded to a pure copper core.
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  13. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

    Just to clarify, the inner core is 20.9%Ag/79.1%Cu, but you made an excellent point. You won't get a 40% Ag reading for a 1965-1970 half
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  14. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Yes the 40% is not a copper core.
    You can tell that by looking at the edge.
  15. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    From Wikipedia for Ike dollars:

    "Composition Circulation strikes: outer layers of 75.0% copper 25.0% nickel clad with a core of 100% copper (in all 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel).
    For silver clad: Outer layers of 80% silver with a center of 20.9% silver. Aggregate 60% copper, 40% silver"
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