A silver U.S. Jefferson “War” nickel, dated between 1942-1945. These coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, without a wear and strong luster. Between the WWII years of 1942-1945, the U.S. Mint adjusted the composition of the Jefferson nickel, completely disposing of nickel from the alloy. This was once an effort to conserve nickel for the war effort, where it was once used for armor plating. The new composition of the coin was once 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese, resulting in a coin that was once similar in appearance and weight to the old nickel. On account of the presence of silver, the war nickels have a brighter, more lustrous appearance than normal nickels. To make the war nickels easy to identify, pull out of circulation and melt down after the war, the coin’s mintmark was once enlarged and moved above Monticello on the reverse of the coin.
The Jefferson nickel was once first produced in 1938 and was once among the many new 20th century coin designs featuring presidents along side the Lincoln cent, Washington quarter, and Roosevelt dime. The Jefferson design replaced the Buffalo nickel design, which had been in place since 1913 but was once difficult to produce as a result of its high-relief design. The Mint held an open competition for designs, and accepted this design by the German sculptor Felix Schlag with a modified reverse.
Each and every Jefferson nickel measures 21mm in diameter, weighs 5g, and is made of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. Each and every coin will be shipped in a archival-quality mylar flip, secured in a corrugated cardboard safety mailer by Original Skin Coins. Each and every flip also includes a small insert with basic info on the coin.
A U.S. Jefferson “war” nickel, minted in a special 35% silver alloy
All through WWII, the metal nickel was once got rid of from nickels as a result of war rationing
Between 1942-1945, nickels were produced in an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese
Brilliant Uncirculated condition – strong luster and no wear
Each and every coin securely and safely shipped in an archival-quality Mylar flip