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Answered 2006-09-05 11:48:33

There was a large number of these nickels minted, (119,408,100) therefore they are fairly common. In fine condition it is worth $0.60, in extra fine condition it is worth $1.00, uncirculated is worth $7.00.


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By the date. The Jefferson nickels were made from a copper, silver and manganese alloy during World War II: 1942-1945

Just going by silver content, they're worth about $2 each.

It is an American nickel made of copper, silver and manganese during World War 2.

About $1.90 or so for the silver content. Keep in mind though that for low purity coins like war nickels, most coin dealers offer substantially less than spot on them.

it was made out of nickel until the end of the second world war. Then it was made of bronze

Many people believe that US nickels were once made from silver, like dimes and quarters were, however since its introduction in 1866 nearly all US nickels have been made of a copper-nickel alloy; hence the name "nickel". The nickel did briefly contain a small amount of silver during World War II because nickel was considered a "strategic metal". During this time it was composed of an alloy of copper, silver, and manganese.

About .30 cents to 1.00 dollar, depending on the condition of the coin. There were close to 50 million of these nickels minted, so they are not exceedingly rare.

No, but copper and nickel was. This is why we have 1943 steel Lincoln cents and the SILVER War Nickels of 1942 to 1945.

These coins were the only US nickels that ever contained silver. The amount is small (less than 2 gm) so in worn condition the coins are worth around a dollar for their metal content.If the coin is in better condition, check its date and see the question "What is the value of a date> US nickel?" for more information about prices.

There would be very few, if any, circulating silver coins in the world. In England the 5p, 10p, 20p and the 50p coin are a copper-nickel alloy, but are silvery in colour.

Due to the steep rise in the price of silver around the end of World War 1, the issue of standard 92.5% sterling silver coins was discontinued in 1919/1920 and coins of 50% silver were minted instead. In 1947, silver was needed to repay the bullion lent by the USA during the World War 2 years, so silver coins were replaced with coins of the same weight and type made of cupro-nickel from 1947 onwards. Silver Threepences were discontinued completely in 1942 and replaced with the 12 sided nickel-brass Threepence.

Nickel was needed for the war effort during World War II. In order to meet the needs of the military, nickel was not used for the production of the Jefferson Nickel. Beginning in 1942, the composition of the nickel coin was changed from the original alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel to a new alloy which consisted of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese. In order to show which coins had this new alloy the mint mark which had been located just to the right of Monticello [the building on the back of the Jefferson nickel] was moved to a new position just above the building. Additionally, the size of the mint mark was greatly increased. Also, for the first time in the history of the US Mint, the mint at Philadelphia used a mint mark on one of the coins produced there, the letter "P". Denver continued to use the letter "D" and San Francisco continued to use the letter "S". Since the alloy of the nickel was changed during the mintage year, there are 1942 nickels of the former alloy and there are 1942 nickels of the new alloy. In 1946 the composition of the nickel was again changed and the original alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel was used and continues to be used today.

Coins continued to be made of the same materials as before in many countries - alloys of copper, nickel and silver. Some countries began to mint coins of zinc (notably Germany) and aluminum, to save on the traditional materials, which were valuable for munitions of war. The US government was concerned about shortages of copper and nickel, which are very useful for war materials. The US made cents of steel in 1943, and five-cent pieces ("nickels") of silver. The silver "war nickels" had a large "S" above the dome of the Jefferson Memorial on the reverse.

yes 1943-45 silver nickel 1943 -45 to conserve strategic metals for war production

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War nickels were made of an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese because nickel metal was needed for the war effort. They weighed 5.0 gm when new, thus they contain 0.35 * 5.0 = 1.75 gm of silver metal. These coins are distinguished by a large mint mark letter over the dome of Monticello on the back.

Nickel....Sudbury is the nickel capital of the world and is home to the worlds biggest nickel coin ($0.05)

Cointrackers tracks the most valuable coins in the world as well as giving up to date prices for silver. The rarest coin they track is a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, of which just five were made.

North America has large deposits of many important minerals . its reserves of copper, silver, lead, zinc and nickel are among the largest in the world

This is a "war nickel" - a US 5 cent piece dated between 1942 and 1945. During World War II the metal nickel was a war commodity used for nickel plating steel and iron items. During these years all nickel was sent into war production and the US mints replaced the 35% nickel in 5 cent pieces with silver. Planning to reclaim the silver and melt down nickels after the war, the mint made these easily identifiable with the mint mark above the dome of Monticello on the back - instead of behind Jefferson's pony tail as on all other nickels. I don't believe the planned melt down/reclamation ever happened. As of today (3/25/11) silver has a value of $36+ an ounce - making the "melt value" of the 35% silver in a war nickel $2.09 REGARDLESS OF CONDITION. War nickels in fine condition should rate at least an extra buck to the collector.

"Most" coins of the world were never made of silver. There were always more minor coins made of copper, nickel, bronze, aluminum, etc. The larger coins of most countries contained at least some silver until the 1960s when the price of silver made almost all of them more valuable for their metal content than their stated denomination. The US eliminated silver in all coins in 1965 except for the Kennedy half dollar and it was reduced from 90% to 40% silver until 1972 when it also became a cupro-nickel alloy. Mexico and Canada had reduced the silver content of their coins even earlier, but kept a small percentage of silver in some coins for a few more years.

The last British Halfcrown coin made from sterling silver was minted in 1919, they were subsequently debased to 50% silver due to the huge increases in the price of silver after World War 1. The last British general circulation coin of any denomination made from 50% silver was minted in 1946. All subsequent "silver" coins were made from a copper-nickel alloy. Britain needed the silver to pay off war loans made by the USA. The trend away from silver coinage was a world wide one during the 20th century.

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