My name is Sam , I am currently 12 years old. My interest is in Ancient Coins, American Coins and Silver Eagles. The above Jefferson Nickel collection 1938-1961 is my grandfather’s collection. He found all the coins in circulation (except the 1950-D) in the mid 1960’s. I check my change periodically to see if I have any key dates or war nickels.
In World War Two, congress was rationing many commodities. Nickel was rationed because of the use in armor plating. On October 8th, 1942, Congress ordered the United States Mint to remove nickel from the five-cent pieces. From 1942 to the end of 1945, the five-cent pieces were then minted using an alloy of copper, silver and manganese.
The 1942 – 1945 Silver Jefferson Nickel, a junk silver coin, contains 35% silver which is 0.0563 troy ounces. Use Current Melt Value of Coins (go to our Blogroll on left) to see the value of silver in this coin.
The mint marks are located above the dome of Monticello on the reverse side. D is for Denver, S is for San Francisco, and P is for Philadelphia. Also, a coin without a mint mark means the coin was minted in Philadelphia.