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Your Guide to American Coins and Coin Collecting
Saturday January 19, 2019

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Silver "War" Nickel
Years of Production: 1942 to 1945
Compostion: Copper, silver and manganese
Minted at: Jefferson silver nickels were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint.
Location of Mint Mark: Reverse side, above Monticello.
Designer: The Jefferson nickel was designed by Felix Schlag.
Comments: The Jefferson Nickel was struck in silver during World War II to free up nickel for war production. The large mint mark - "D," "S," and even the first occurrence of a "P" for Philadelphia - distinguished the series of silver coins. Click coins at right to view obverse and reverse coin detail.

How much is my Silver War Nickel worth? A nickel -- with a face value of 5 cents -- can be worth more depending on certain factors. The silver content of wartime nickels increases their value. Coin value is dependant on the coin's condition, often rated as Fair, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF) or Extremely Fine (EF or XF). Proof coins are specially struck coins with mirrored surfaces.

In addition to the quality of a coin, its value is also dependant on how rare it is. Below is a list of the approximate mintages of Silver Jefferson Nickels.

1942-P 58 Million
1942-S 33 Million
1943-P 271 Million
1943-S 104 Million
1943-D 15 Million
1944-P 119 Million
1944-S 22 Million
1944-D 32 Million
1945-P 119 Million
1945-S 59 Million
1945-D 37 Million

Coins - Nickels - Silver War Nickels

Coin collecting or Numismatics rewards the hobbyist in many ways. Coin values can be strictly described as the monetary value or price of given coins; but the knowledge of history, economics and geography available to coin collectors makes coin collecting an invaluable experience well worth sharing with friends, children and grandchildren.

A coin collection need not start with particularly old, rare, or valuable coins of gold or silver. Young collectors are captivated by the unfamiliar designs of such standard American coins as the Indian Head Penny and the Buffalo Nickel. Representative examples of such quintessential coins can be obtained at minimal cost to novice collectors willing to accept coins with high mintages or some wear. Patient culling can be more economical than paying dealer prices. Such coins will help teach basic lessons in grading coins and help to fill up the empty slots in the novice's coin albums. The newly released State Quarters series and Sacagawea Dollars can also be interesting points of entry for young hobbyists discovering the world of coin collecting.

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