5 Jefferson Wartime Nickels

Item Number: 73021
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 7/8 inch (21.21mm) Round
Material: Copper Silver Manganese
Price: $12.90

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5 Jefferson Wartime Nickels

35% Pure Silver

These Jefferson Wartime Nickels are a rare treat for young numismatists (coin collectors). They will love to collect and sort through these rare coins, first produced in 1942 in an effort to conserve on nickel and serve as a reminder that sacrifices are needed in order to attain victory.

Nickel became a critical war material when the United States entered into World War II, and the U.S. Mint sought to reduce its use of the metal. The Mint's chief concern was finding an alloy without nickel, but could still satisfy counterfeit detectors in vending machines. An alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese proved suitable, and this alloy was coined into nickels from October 1942.

In the hopes of making them easy to sort out and withdraw after the war, the Mint struck all "war nickels" with a large mint mark appearing above Monticello. The mint mark P for Philadelphia was the first time that mint's mark had appeared on a US coin. The prewar composition and smaller mint mark (or no mint mark for Philadelphia) were resumed in 1946.

Jefferson War Nickels were struck between 1942 and 1945 and composed of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. The obverse features the now classic bust of President Thomas Jefferson with the words “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The reverse displays the elevation of President Jefferson’s estate, Monticello, with the mint mark appearing prominently over the dome.

This starter set includes five common, random, different-dated Jefferson War Nickels, graded fine or better, in a colorful velour pouch ideal for carrying or keeping safe.