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What is a nickel made of?

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July 29, 2015 2:04AM

US nickels:

1866 to mid-1942, and 1946 to the present: An alloy of 25% nickel and 75% copper

mid-1942 to 1945: An alloy of 35% silver, 56% copper, and 9% manganese

Canadian nickels:

2000-present: 94.5% steel, 3.5% copper, 2% nickel plating

1982-1999: 75% copper, 25% nickel

1955-1981: 99.9% nickel

1951-1954: chrome-plated steel

1946-1950: 99.9% nickel

1944-1945: chrome-plated steel

1942-1943: 88% copper, 12% zinc ("tombac")

1922-1942: 99.9% nickel
75% Copper, 25% Nickel