Silver Wartime Nickels were produced during World War II when the United States government put restrictions on such things as rubber, metal, and nickel so they had materials to make tanks, planes, bombs, and bullets for the war effort. Everyone had to sacrifice and tighten their belts including the mint when making coins. The decision was made to change the mix used to make nickels. This resulted in a nickel with 35% silver. This mix was used from 1942-1945. Here you get 40 of these unique coins with random dates from between 1942-1945. Dates received are dependent on stock on hand.
- Dates of coins are from 1942-1945
- Paper and/or plastic rolls of 40 coins each
- Contains 2.25 Troy oz of actual silver content
- Face value of $.05 (USD) fully backed by the US government (total face value of roll is $2)
- Obverse side has a portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
- The reverse side has a design of Jefferson’s home at Monticello
- Coins have one of three mint marks for San Francisco, Denver, or Philadelphia
The obverse side of this coin has the first-ever portrait of Thomas Jefferson. Today’s nickel in circulation has the third portrait of Jefferson. This portrait was designed by Feliz Schlag in 1938 and shows Jefferson facing to the left. He looks stoic and presidential in this picture and the image has a lot of detail down to the hair tie in the back of his hair. To the left of the coin is ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’. To the right of the coin is ‘LIBERTY’ and the date of issue.
On the reverse of the coin is a depiction of Jefferson’s home in Monticello. This image is also a Schlag design and appeared for the first time in 1938 and has been used ever since as the reverse of the nickel except in 2004 and 2005 when it was replaced with a commemorative design. At the top of the coin is ‘E PLURIBUS UNUM. Right under this is a mintmark. It could be a D for Denver, P for Philadelphia, or S for San Francisco. At the bottom of the coin is ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’. Directly under Jefferson’s house is ‘MONTICELLO’. Under this is ‘5 CENTS’.
If you are looking for a way to get a little silver in your portfolio or just would like a piece of history then the Silver Wartime Nickels are for you. Get yours today.
michael.m (verified owner) –
These are fun. I’m glad I bought some. U.S. history and a good value too.