How much is a 1944 counterfeit wartime nickel worth?


The 1944 counterfeit nickel is worth about $15.00 to $20.00.

You may be able to pick up one at a coin show for a lot less.

About 15 years ago, I was able to buy them for $5.00 to $6.00 a coin.

I have currently seen them in coin dealers display cases for $12.00


These coins are often called "Henning nickels" after the man who created them, Francis LeRoy Henning. It's estimated that he made as many as a half-million fake nickels in the early 1950s. About 200,000 were put into circulation and the rest were dumped into local rivers when he was found out.

The coins are of remarkably good quality, except for one detail - Henning completely forgot that 1944 nickels carried a large mint mark over the dome of Monticello to indicate their status as special wartime coins made out of silver, copper, and manganes rather than nickel and copper.