35% Silver War Nickel – AU or Better

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Immerse yourself in a piece of history with the 35% Silver War Nickels, each carrying a face value of $0.05 and graded as AU (Almost Uncirculated). These unique coins, minted from 1942 through 1945, are a testament to a time when the world was at war and nickel was in short supply. As a result, the U.S. Mint produced these nickels with a 35% silver composition, making them a valuable addition to any collection or investment portfolio. 


Key Features

  • The coins were designed by Felix O. Schlag, a renowned sculptor.
  • The obverse side of each coin features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
  • The reverse side showcases a vignette of Jefferson’s home, Monticello.
  • Unique to wartime nickels, a large mint mark is featured above Monticello on the reverse side.


The 35% Silver War Nickels were minted during a time of global conflict, from 1942 to 1945. This was a period when nickel, a critical resource for the war effort, was in short supply. As an emergency measure, the U.S. Mint decided to produce nickels with a 35% silver composition. This not only addressed the nickel shortage but also resulted in a coin that has since become a valuable collectible. The presence of a large mint mark above Monticello on the reverse side is a unique feature of these wartime nickels, further enhancing their appeal.


The obverse side of each coin features a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. This design, crafted by Felix O. Schlag, pays homage to one of the country’s founding fathers, adding a layer of historical significance to each coin.


On the reverse side, you’ll find a vignette of Monticello, Jefferson’s beloved home. This design element not only pays tribute to Jefferson’s architectural prowess but also serves as a symbol of American heritage. Unique to these wartime nickels is a large mint mark positioned above Monticello, a feature that distinguishes them from other nickels.


In the realm of precious metals, the 35% Silver War Nickels stand as a testament to resilience, embodying a unique blend of history and value. Their distinct design, coupled with their wartime origin, weaves a narrative of American fortitude into each coin. This is more than a simple acquisition; it’s an invitation to hold a piece of history in your hands, a silver-laden symbol of a nation’s adaptability in the face of adversity.


US Mint

Precious Metal


Metal Content

.05625 Troy Ounces


.350 Fine




AU (Almost Uncirculated)


Felix Schlag


21.2 mm


1.95 mm



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