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.
Average circulated, about $22
It is an American nickel made of copper, silver and manganese during World War 2.
it was made out of nickel until the end of the second world war. Then it was made of bronze
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.
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.
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.
No, but copper and nickel was. This is why we have 1943 steel Lincoln cents and the SILVER War Nickels of 1942 to 1945.
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.
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.
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 US nickel?" for more information about prices.