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Do us nickels have silver in them?

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No, they don't. US nickels are made of copper and nickel. The only ones that DO contain silver are war nickels, minted 1942-1945.

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Can you melt 1964 US nickels for silver?

No, you cannot melt 1964 US nickels for silver. From 1965 onward, US nickels have been composed of a copper-nickel alloy. The 1964 US nickel is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel, not silver.


Do any nickes contain siver?

The only US nickels to ever have any silver in them are the "War Nickels" of 1942-1945.


How much silver is in a US nickel?

For most dates, none. US nickels made from 1866 to mid-1942 and from 1946 to the present are made of a copper-nickel alloy, not silver. From mid-1942 to 1945 nickels did contain a small amount of silver because nickel metal was needed for the war effort. Those "war nickels" are the ONLY ones that have any silver in them.


Does a 1961 US nickel have any silver in it?

It's a common misconception that because dimes, quarters, and half dollars minted before 1965 were silver, nickels also had silver in them. However the standard composition for US nickels has been an alloy of 25% nickel and 75% copper ever since the coin was introduced in 1866. The only US nickels that ever contained silver were the famous "war nickels" minted from mid-1942 to 1945. These coins were struck in an alloy of 35% silver, 56% copper, and 9% manganese because nickel was needed for the war effort.


Does a 1963 US nickel have any silver in it?

It's a common misconception that because dimes, quarters, and half dollars minted before 1965 were silver, nickels also had silver in them. However the standard composition for US nickels has been an alloy of 25% nickel and 75% copper ever since the coin was introduced in 1866. The only US nickels that ever contained silver were the famous "war nickels" minted from mid-1942 to 1945. These coins were struck in an alloy of 35% silver, 56% copper, and 9% manganese because nickel was needed for the war effort.

Related questions

Are any new silver nickels?

None of the new US nickels are silver.


Are the nickels in 1930 made of silver?

No, the only US nickels to have silver are the "War Nickels" from 1942 to 1945


Are US Harris Liberty Nickels made of silver?

Sorry, no such coin as a "US Harris Liberty Nickel" The ONLY US nickels to have silver in them are the Jefferson "War Nickels" from late 1942 through 1945 and those were 35% silver.


How much is 70 pure silver nickels worth?

No US nickels have ever been pure silver, the "war nickels" of 1942-1945 are 35% silver and are the only nickels to have any silver. Post new question.


Can you melt 1964 US nickels for silver?

No, you cannot melt 1964 US nickels for silver. From 1965 onward, US nickels have been composed of a copper-nickel alloy. The 1964 US nickel is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel, not silver.


When were nickels silver?

The only time US nickels were silver was from 1942-1945. They contain 40% silver. They have a metal value of around 2 dollars.


When were nickels made of silver?

The only US nickels that contain any silver were minted in late 1942 through 1945. These "War Nickels" are identified by a large mintmark above the dome of Monticello.


What is the value of a silver in a buffalo nickel?

None, because all buffalo nickels are made of the same 75% copper / 25% nickel alloy as current US nickels. The only US nickels that ever contained any silver were special "war nickels" made during 1942-45.


How much silver is in a 1905 US nickel?

The only US nickels that ever contained any silver are the war years of 1942-1945. All other US nickels are made of 75% copper and 25% nickel


Is a 1964 US nickel silver?

None. Silver was used in dimes, quarters, and half dollars but not nickels. Urban legends and internet rumors to the contrary, the only US nickels that ever contained silver were the special "war nickels" struck during WWII when nickel was a strategic metal. ALL other US nickels have been made of the same alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel.


When did they stop making silver us 5 cent nickels?

The U.S. stopped minting silver half-dimes in 1873, a few years after the introduction of the nickel. The only nickels that actually contain silver are "war" nickels minted 1942-1945.


What years of buffalo nickels have silver value?

None have any silver value. US nickels made from 1866 to mid-1942 and from 1946 to the present are made of a copper-nickel alloy, not silver.