Is a nickel with no back side that is hollow a real coin with a defect?
You have found half of a magician's coin. These are made from real nickels and one half (the one you found) is hollowed out and another ground down to fit in the hollow. These two-headed or two-tailed coins sell for a few dollars in novelty stores. Jakes Marketplace on the web charges about $8 for most varieties.
It depends, as there was actually a change in composition In late 1942. -- If the nickel has no mintmark, or a small mintmark to the right of Monticello on the back of the coin, it is 75% copper and 25% nickel. -- If the nickel has a large mintmark above the dome of Monticello on the back of the coin, it is 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese.
I have silver coin with 13 stars on the front with women's head facing left dated 1900 Back has US.and wheat wreath What is it?
Buffalo nickels* only have the mint mark on the back. You're probably seeing the designer's monogram on the front of the coin. In any case, a 1920-S nickel is worth about $4 in very worn condition. However, values go up steeply from there. In slightly worn condition, this coin might retail for as much as $100. (*) FWIW, the coin is a NICKEL rather than "nickle"
What is the value of a 1944 US nickel with eagle and shield in front and man and filipinas printed on back?
The U.S. Mint has not produced a nickel with a 5 on the back of in 1945. If someone has stamped it on the coin then they have damaged it as far as numismatic value is concerned and is worth little more than a nickel. If it is made with the five on the back then it is probably a novelty coin of some sort and has a value of no more than you are…
The last buffalo nickels* were struck in 1938. Please check your coin again and post a new question. Include the mint mark, if any, underneath the words FIVE CENTS on the back. If your coin is actually dated 1978 it's not a real buffalo nickel, it's a fantasy piece or replica and has no numismatic value. (*) FWIW the coin is actually a nickel rather than "nickle"
Assuming you're referring to a buffalo (a/k/a Indian head) nickel, it's only worth 10 to 20 cents as a curiosity. These coins had a design defect that caused the date to wear off quickly. Today they end up in "grab boxes" at coin shows and have very little collector value, unfortunately. If the coin has any other design it could be an error coin and should be examined in person by a dealer or knowledgeable…
Don't assume every old coin is made of silver. Your coin has a V on it because V is the Roman numeral for 5, so you have a nickel, made of plain old nickel and copper. It's most commonly called a Liberty nickel, but sometimes it's referred to as a "V nickel". However, without knowing its date it's difficult to assign a value. Please post a new question with that information.