What Wartime Jefferson Nickels come in this roll?
We buy our bulk Wartime Jefferson Nickels in such a manner that they are not picked through or searched for varieties or special coins. This series is so short (4 years) that it is possible (although not highly likely) that you could obtain a complete set in one roll, as it takes only 11 coins to make a set. These rolls contain 40 random coins from a large bin ($2 face value) full of 35% silver nickels dated from 1942-1945, and range in grade from good (G) to extremely fine (EF or XF). They are what is known as 'average circulated' condition coins with no culls, bent, or damaged coins.
Why Wartime Jefferson Nickels?
The United States was thrust into World War II in December, 1941, when the Japanese Empire bombed Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. This sparked a huge "wartime effort" to prepare the United States for a long-lasting war, and ultimately, victory. In an effort to prepare for the war, any materials that could be saved and stockpiled to ensure there was enough for military equipment were rationed and hoarded. One of those materials was the metal nickel, and one of the first places where nickel was pulled was from our five cent coin, which was made of a composition of 25% nickel (and 75% copper).
What are Wartime Jefferson Nickels made of?
As soon as the war began, mint officials began testing alloys to use for the new five cent coin. Congress had approved a 50% copper and 50% silver composition, but they allowed variation from this composition in the better interest of the people - which basically meant that the Mint could use whatever composition most closely matched the signature of existing five cent coins (for vending machines).
By mid-year the Mint had found that a composition of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese was the right weight and signature to remove all nickel from the coins and have them remain useable next to the existing coins. They wanted these new coins to be easily distinguishable from the existing coins, so they moved the mint mark to the negative space above the Monticello and made it larger. Everything was in order, and in October, 1942, the first Wartime Jefferson nickels were issued.
Fun Facts about Wartime Silver Jefferson Nickels
Wartime Jefferson Nickels have some interesting characteristics that make them rather unique:
|Year of Issue:||1942-1945|
|Weight in Grams:||5 g|