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Jefferson Silver War Nickels

Mon May 27 03:09:23 2024

The Jefferson Nickel, of course, was produced with the durable and hard metal alloy which was in large part nickel (25% Nickel and 75% Copper). With the advent of World War Two, this metal, for those attributes, became a critical material for armaments production, along with copper. During these years, those metals were actually more valuable than silver. The mint was authorized to reduce the depenecey of coinage on copper and nickel, which resulted in the design of the silver wartime nickel and the steal cents.

Starting midway of 1942 the mint started to produce silver war nickels, making 1942 a split year for nickel productions. Appoximated 64 thousand nickels were produced in the tradition fashion from the Philedephia and Denver Mints, and 90 thousand nickels with 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese and marked with large mint marks on the reverse above Monticello. There is no 1942 D war nickels. Production of these silver nickels continued until the end of 1945. The composit itself was designed to work with existing vending machines and anti-fraud devices of the time.

This is a complete set of AU war nickels purchased from Pace Coins:

This is the close ups of each nickel to the best extent that I have patience to do them all

The 1943D had a mintage of only 15,294,000

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Section I:
US Coints
Large Cent Coppers
Flying Eagle Cents
Lincoln Cents and Wheat Backs
Buffalo Nickels
Jefferson Nickels
Jefferson Silver War Nickels
Bust Half Dimes
Mercury (Liberrty Head) Dimes
Roosevelt Dime
Barber Quarter Dollars
Standing Libery Quarter
Washington and Washington State Quarters
Cap Bust Half Dollars
Seated Half Dollars
Barber Half Dollars
Walking Liberty Half Dollars
Franklin Half Dollars
Kennedy Half Dollars
Morgan Silver Dollars
Peace Silver Dollars
Eisenhower Clad and Silver Dollars
Sacawagea Golden Dollars
Modern Silver and Clad Proof Sets
Modern American Silver Eagle uncirculated mint coins and proofs
Modern Silver and Clad 2008 Commorative Bald Eagle Series
Gold Coins - Not too many
Circulated US Silver Coins prior to 1964

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Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States

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Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins

Unsorted Extra stuff:
Bust US Coinage
From the coin Show at Melville Long Island

The Safir Family Internet Coins Library: Foriegn Coins.

Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins.
Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.