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1945. The last 90% silver half-dime (small, 90% silver pieces worth 5 cents) was struck in 1873, after that, only copper-nickel 5 cent pieces were struck. However, due to a shortage of nickel during WWII, some 1942 nickels and all 1943-1945 nickels contain 35% silver. These nickels can be distinguished from nickels without silver by the large mintmark over the Monticello.

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