Coin Collecting at the Safir House
The Jefferson Nickel, of course, was produced with the durable and hard metal alloy which was in large part nickel (25% Nickel and 75% Copper). With the advent of World War Two, this metal, for those attributes, became a critical material for armaments production, along with copper. During these years, those metals were actually more valuable than silver. The mint was authorized to reduce the depenecey of coinage on copper and nickel, which resulted in the design of the silver wartime nickel and the steal cents.
Starting midway of 1942 the mint started to produce silver war nickels, making 1942 a split year for nickel productions. Appoximated 64 thousand nickels were produced in the tradition fashion from the Philedephia and Denver Mints, and 90 thousand nickels with 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese and marked with large mint marks on the reverse above Monticello. There is no 1942 D war nickels. Production of these silver nickels continued until the end of 1945. The composit itself was designed to work with existing vending machines and anti-fraud devices of the time.
This is a complete set of AU war nickels purchased from Pace Coins:
This is the close ups of each nickel to the best extent that I have patience to do them all
The 1943D had a mintage of only 15,294,000
The Safir Family Internet Coin Library. Nearly all the coins here have been stolen. If you have any information on the theft, please contact us at email@example.comClick to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
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Unsorted Extra stuff: Bust US Coinage From the coin Show at Melville Long Island Article on Numismatics and Lobbying
The Safir Family Internet Coin Library: Foriegn Coins.Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins. Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.