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Wartime Nickel NGC Uncirculated - Magnum Opus

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Wartime Nickel NGC Uncirculated - Magnum Opus

The Jefferson Nickels known as "Wartime Nickels" were produced between 1942 and 1945. Before World War II broke out, nickels were typically made 75% of copper and 25% of (you guessed it) nickel. However, nickel was an extremely precious resource for the war effort, and was rationed. Thus, the 5 cent coin was instead made of 35% silver, 56% copper, and 9% manganese! The silver content is equivalent to 0.0563 troy ounces! This wartime sacrifice resulted in these exceptional nickel-less "nickels"!

The unique composition of these coins and the high silver content means these Wartime "nickels" were actually quite welcome by coin collectors! We have 40 of these Jefferson Nickels certified by NGC with the coveted Magnum Opus label. Only the best of the best specimens can get the Magnum Opus label! Collect this incredible piece of numismatic and WWII history today!


  • Mixed dates
  • Magnum Opus label
  • 35% silver instead of nickel