The US nickel has been in production in its current form since 1866, but had previously been issued as the US half disme, an old-world spelling for “dime.” It wasn’t until the 1866 Shield Nickel debuted that the US Mint produced a five-cent piece that modern Americans would recognize. Today, 35% Silver War Nickels are available to you online at Silver.com in a $200 Face Value batch.
- Available to ship to you inside of a bag with 4,000 Silver War Nickels!
- So-called War Nickels issued from 1942 to 1945!
- Includes 35% Silver content per coin!
- Consists of 225.04 Troy ounces of actual silver content.
- The total face value of $200 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- On the obverse is a bust of President Thomas Jefferson.
- The reverse includes his home at Monticello in Virginia.
The US nickel has been available since 1866 and been through two major eras in its history. From 1866 to 1938, the coin went through three design elements, the most popular of which was the Buffalo Nickel. Since 1938, the US nickel has featured the same design concept on its obverse and reverse fields. The first three designs were used for a combined 72 years, while the modern Jefferson Nickel has been in production for more than 80 years now.
All of the 35% Silver War Nickels in this product listing have a metallic composition of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. These are the only nickels in American history to boast silver content. All previous nickels featured 75% copper and 25% nickel. This listing offers a total of more than 225.04 Troy ounces of silver in the form of 4,000 US nickels totaling $200 (USD) in total face value. These US nickels are circulated specimens with common signs of wear and tear.
The United States Mint was told to assist in the US effort in World War II by removing nickel from its five-cent pieces. The US Mint originally considered a 50-50 copper-silver coin, but eventually settled on the composition mentioned above. These coins, known as Silver War Nickels, were issued from mid-1942 until 1945 when the war ended.
On the obverse side of 35% Silver War Nickels is a depiction of President Thomas Jefferson. The nation’s third president is featured on the obverse in left-profile relief. President Jefferson was a leading Founding Father and the man responsible for the Louisiana Purchase that vastly expanded American lands west of the Mississippi River.
The reverse face of the 35% Silver War Nickel includes an image of Jefferson’s home. His well-known estate in Virginia was referred to as Monticello and is shown on the reverse side of all 35% Silver War Nickels.
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