The US five-cent piece of the 20th century was one of the few denominations not to feature silver or gold in its metallic content. For the most part, the US nickel has maintained a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel. However, for a brief period during World War II the United States Mint issued nickels without any nickel using a metallic alloy that included 35% silver content. Today, you have the chance to purchase a $10 Face value of 35% Silver War Nickels at Provident Metals.
The US Nickel is one of several denominations of US coinage that were last overhauled in the early 20th century. The bust of Thomas Jefferson on the obverse and his home at Monticello on the reverse were designed in 1938 by Felix Schlag and replaced the historic Buffalo Nickel design on the circulating five-cent piece.
President Thomas Jefferson features in left-profile relief on the obverse of 35% Silver War Nickels. This historic bust of the 3rd President of the United States was created by Schlag and used on the nickel from 1938 to 2004. It features on all 35% Silver War Nickels and includes inscriptions of In God We Trust, Liberty, and a date mark.
Monticello was the name of the plantation owned in Virginia by Thomas Jefferson. He designed the home featured in this artwork himself and had it built on the land after he inherited it from his father. Though Jeffersons bust on the obverse of the nickel was modernized in 2006, the faade of Monticello featured on the reverse has remained since.
The United States Mint obtained special permission from Congress to alter the metallic content of the US nickel once the United States entered World War II. Nickel was a valuable metal for the war effort and the US Mint did what it could to remove nickel from the coins. By October 1942, it had developed an alloy consisting of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese suitable for use in the nickel. These 35% silver nickels are referred to as War Nickels because the change of the metallic content resulted from the US entrance into the war.
These $10 Face Value 35% Silver War Nickels are available to you with a plastic bag that holds a total of 200 individual War Nickels. In total, you will receive roughly 11.25 Troy oz of actual silver content.
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