War Nickles?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Beardigger, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    What are war nickles and why are people looking for them?
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  3. Gilbert

    Gilbert Part time collector Supporter

    War nickels were minted during the Second World War and contain 35% silver. Try an internet search for more information.
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  4. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    From 1942-1945 the US removed the metal nickel from nickels, and the 75% copper and 25% nickel nickels now contained 56% copper 35% silver and 9% manganese.
    In 1942 they made regular nickels in Philly and Denver, but they also made silver nickels in Philly and San Francisco. All the other years all 3 mints made silver nickels and these are designated with a large mint mark over the dome of Monticello on the reverse. They are desirable for the silver content and there are a few rare varieties.
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  5. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    Because they rock!

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    Paul, do you mind if I save this image?

  7. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    Thank you ALL for the information. So I have a 1942 nickel with no mint mark that I can see, it's 35 % silver?
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  9. cwart

    cwart Senior Member

    Unfortunately, no... The silver nickels have a large mint mark over the dome of monticello on the reverse.
  10. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    I'd pick a ton of these out of the pocket change when I was a kid........still got most of them. :)

    Nothing like Pauls' (Lehighs') examples. But I did buy some from him a few years ago, because I wanted a pristine example of a 'war years' coin/5 cent piece looked like in mint state....:)
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  11. Bambam8778

    Bambam8778 Well-Known Member

    Did you say Silver War Nickels? You have my attention now! Everyone above pretty much summed it up! Do you have any you can share with us? @Lehigh96 , nice photo!
  12. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    Thank you all again! Will keep my eye out for War Nickels now. Did some googling, figured out mine has NO silver Content! I will keep looking though! Thanks All!
  13. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Let me just add, shell casings are copper.
  14. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

    Most war nickels are pretty easy to see in a roll. Just look for grey edges.
  15. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Your nickel is a regular 1942 Philly that I explained in post #3.
    The silver 1942 Philly has a large P over the dome and a different patina.
  16. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    I searched for this doubled eye variety. I bought this 1 off Ebay. I am very happy with it. 1943-P Jefferson Nickel - Doubled Die Obverse Doubled Eye FS-106 - PCGS MS-64

    1943 A.jpg
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    1943 F.jpg
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