WWII Silver Nickel Year Set

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WWII Silver Nickel Year Set

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During World War II, America’s coins served in more ways than just a means of purchasing items. They actually helped America win the war. Perhaps the most famous example of this is the Silver Nickels that were issued from 1942 to 1945.

Nickel was a valuable component in guns, tanks, and airplanes. Tons of nickel was also used every year in the manufacture of 5¢ Nickel coins. As a result, the U.S. Mint would potentially endanger America’s war effort if it continued to use nickel in coinage – so the U.S. Mint made a dramatic change in 1942 by dropping nickel from the 5¢ Nickel coin.

Instead, the Nickel was made with 35% silver – because the color was right and silver was less valuable for the nation’s defense. Silver has always been one of the most perfect metals for coinage, but the 5¢ “Nickel” coin had never been struck in silver before.

The Silver Nickels were made from 1942 until the war ended in 1945. During this time, they were struck at all three U.S. Mints – Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.   This set includes one coin from each of the four years the coin was made: 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945.   In order to identify the Silver Nickels from the earlier coins made with nickel, the U.S. Mint moved the mint mark from the obverse to the reverse, above the dome of Monticello. These are the only coins with the mint mark in this position.   The obverse is the same portrait of Thomas Jefferson that was used since 1938.  Each coin is more than 70 years old and has been out of circulation for generations.  These are the first and only Silver Nickels in history, and this is the complete year set. The complete collection is beautifully displayed in a custom holder and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.