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What is the silver content of a Canadian nickel?

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November 02, 2015 10:56PM

Zero. Since the coin's introduction in 1922, Canadian nickels have only been minted from base metals:

  • nickel-plated steel : 2000-present
  • 75% copper, 25% nickel : 1982-1999; some until 2006
  • 99.9% nickel : 1922-1942, 1946-1951, 1955-1981
  • chrome-plated steel : 1944-1945, 1951-1954
  • 88% copper, 12% zinc ("tombac") 1942-1943