Provident Metals offers a wide variety of nickels issued by the United States Mint from 1883 LIberty Nickels to 1940’s-era Wartime Nickels.These nickels are a cost effective way to collect silver, copper, and nickel bullion, with all nickels representing a piece of American history. Our offerings include Liberty or V Nickels, Buffalo or Indian Head Nickels, and Jefferson Wartime Nickels. We provide collectors and investors a range of purchasing options from single coins issued as early as 1883 to rolls of forty nickels, and bags of 4,000 wartime coins that include 225 Troy Ounces of Silver. We also offer options ranging from cull condition, to good, very good, and circulated condition. Some of our War Nickels are priced as low as $3 BELOW MELT per ounce. In addition, each Wartime Nickel has a fineness of .35 and contains .05626 troy ounces of pure silver, offering the savvy investor an affordable, convenient, and easily divisible means of owning silver.
Each nickel’s design represents an era and has a unique history. The Liberty Head Nickel was struck for circulation from 1883 until 1912, making this a long-running and beloved design. The Liberty Head Nickel features the noble profile of the Liberty head wearing a Roman-inspired coronet and wreath. The reverse design features a wreath of wheat, cotton, and corn encircling a large Roman numeral V, giving rise to the coin’s well-known nickname--the V Nickel. The Liberty nickel was struck with a metal alloy combination of 75% copper and 25% nickel.
Beginning in 1911, the U.S. Mint began work to replace the Liberty head design, and the Buffalo Nickel went into production in February of 1913 until 1938. The Buffalo Nickel or Indian Head Nickel was designed by famed sculptor James Earle Fraser. Fraser’s design showing the head of a brave Native American chief on the front of the coin with the reverse design featuring a buffalo was very popular with the general public. Today, these iconic coins represent the proud era of the American West at a time when the Western Frontier was fading. Like the Liberty Nickel, the Buffalo Nickel was also struck with a metal alloy combination of 75% copper and 25% nickel. After the minimum 25–year period during which the coin’s design could not be replaced by law, the Jefferson Nickel was introduced in 1938.
World War II brought with it many sacrifices on the home front, including the rationing and repurposing of precious metals that were needed for the major war effort underway. One example of such repurposing was the diversion of the nickel alloy that would have gone into the production of nickels to the military. In order to replace the requisitioned alloy in its coins, the U.S. Mint unveiled a new compositional alloy for nickels - 56 percent copper, 35 percent silver and 9 percent manganese - and the Wartime Nickel was born in October of 1942. Wartime Nickels are distinctive among collectors for several reasons including their darker color, the unprecedented size of their mintmarks, and their unique (at the time) use of a “P” mintmark for Philadelphia. Among investors, however, they are prized mainly for their silver content. All issues of the Jefferson Nickel feature the profile of Thomas Jefferson adapted from a marble bust by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. The reverse design displays an elevated image of Jefferson’s famous Virginia estate, Monticello.
If you are interested in selecting from our wide array of nickel coin offerings, review each product description for dates of issue, coin condition, and quantities available. In addition, selling your Bullion Gold & Silver to Provident Metals offers a QUICK, SIMPLE & WORRY FREE way to get the most for your coins & bullion. Please call us toll-free Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM CST at 877-429-8790 if you wish to sell to us or if you have any questions.