This means WAR! nickels that is.

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by gbroke, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned

    I am not a fan of war, but I am a fan of war nickels.
    Between 1942-1945, the government used 35% silver, 56% Copper, and 9% Maganese for the nickels instead of the usual 75% copper and 25% nickel.
    Since silver does react more than nickel, many beautiful toned war nickels exist. That's not to say there aren't beautiful clad nickel toners.
    Generally they have beautiful strikes and mega luster. But really, I like them all. I'll take them crusty colored, rainbow colored, gold colored..whatever!
    Here is a nice array of war nickels:


    Love the crusty album toning:
    Dripping luster:
    Brown and gold toning with a nice finger print? That's ok!
    Is this ugly or what? Nope it's not:

    These nickels are a fairly inexpensive way to break into the Jefferson series. You can find stunning (complete) sets of the silver series, usually the ones in the plastic capital holders, for less than $100.

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  3. kookoox10

    kookoox10 ANA #3168546

    They are quite a series and in my estimation a little underrated for years. I have several myself, probably more in the crusty album variety for they are a personal favorite.
  4. Numis-addict

    Numis-addict Addicted to coins

    I like this thread, and it died too soon. Ill call this a bump, not reviving. I would also like to point out that though war is not always good, there are some really interesting battles from HISTORY. Think spartan stand of 300. anyway, BUMP
  5. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot there is no spoon

    Where's Lehigh when you need him?

    Nice coins! :)
  6. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot there is no spoon

    p.s. coin #2 looks more like roll toning than album toning to me.
  7. pumpkinpie

    pumpkinpie what is this I don*t even

    Do you want people to post their's?
  8. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned

    You may be right!
  9. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned

    Absolutely Ethan. I like other peoples nickels just as much a I like mine. :)
    Like kookoox said, a very underrated series. I think it's a great way to break into collecting at a reasonable price. I can't think of another type (less some moderns) where someone can put together a 200 coin uncirculated set for the price. Mainly because most are clad. It can get very pricey if you start chasing full steps for a lot of years.
  10. coinfanatic21

    coinfanatic21 New Member

    this is kinda related - but a friend of mind recently bought a bunch of war nickels but when I took a look at them I saw that some of them were not silver - he had thought all the 1942s were silver but there are some that are not (the philadelphia that doesnt have the large P on the back and I think also the ones from Denver). Just an added thought in case it helps anyone from paying 2 bucks for silver value and theyre just copper nickel - Im a fan too! Not of war as mentioned above... just the nickel :)
  11. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned

    You are partially correct! In 1942, two types were produced. Type 1 from Philly is clad, and there is also a silver Philly which is called type 2. The type 1 is one of the more pricey nickels in MS grades. Like you said...The 1942 Type 2 is easily identifiable from the large mint mark above the Monticello on the reverse.
  12. pumpkinpie

    pumpkinpie what is this I don*t even

    okay then... IMAG0219-horz.jpg The second coin has nice gold toning usmc-request-drew-camouflage.jpg
  13. koen

    koen New Member

    nice nickels

    i am trying to complete my war nickel set to.
    Have 3 so far.

    going to dig up the pic's
  14. koen

    koen New Member

    these are mine.
    Long not as good looking like yours, but i am happy with them.
    Now i am trying to get them all, and after that i can upgrade when i want.



  15. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    You rang?

    What is not to like about Jefferson War Nickels. This short series has it all. There are blast white coins for those so inclined and outrageously toned examples for the toning enthusiasts. There are Doubled Dies (1943-P Doubled Eye & 1945-P DDR) and an overdate (1943/2-P). A raw gem collection can cost you a few hundred dollars or you can assemble a top pop full step registry set for many thousands of dollars.

    Premium gem war nickels have been my passion for a while now and I have my eye on the top spot in the NGC registry. It would be nice to knock Bressler off after 7 years. Every coin in my collection is at least MS67. The collection includes an MS68, 2 MS67+'s, 7 star designations, and 3 full step examples. Here is a photo of the Atlantic City Set of Jefferson War Nickels.

  16. coinhead63

    coinhead63 Not slabbed yet

    Nickels are an alloy not a clad process. Cladding involves bonding of a dissimilar metal or alloy to a surface.
    An alloy is of uniform composition throughout. Post 1964 circulating dimes, quarters and halves are clad.
    All U. S. nickles (war time or not) are alloyed as are pre 1982 cents and pre-65 dimes, quarters, halves, dollars and gold coins.

    BTW the cladding process bonds the three layers by a the use of an explosive between the layers to "weld" the three layers together.
  17. McBlzr

    McBlzr Sr Professional Collector

    I have a few nice circulated war nickels :)

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  18. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned

    Oops, sorry about that. Force of habit that I call them clad .
  19. zach67005

    zach67005 New Member

    Great, now I have an article to go hunt down.
  20. urbanchemist


    i have a bunch of nice war nickel toners. just wish i could take good pictures of coins. some are subtle some are wild. graded and raw. i really like war nickels. :thumb: i was able to find
    some that have pictures from the auctions i won them from

  21. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned

    urban..that 44 D is awesome. Whats the grade? Oh man, I can see some of those others have rainbows. :)
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