1942–1945 War Nickel Complete 11-Piece Collection BU

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The U.S. Mint to the Rescue with Wartime Nickels

During World War II, nickel was an important component of munitions for our troops overseas. Stepping up to the plate, the United States Mint handed over its supply, resulting in these Jefferson Nickel varieties that were struck using planchets made of copper, silver and manganese.

Not only did the Nickels issued during the wartime years from 1942 through 1945 change their composition, but they were struck in 35% silver – this marks the only timer silver was part of the nickel’s composition! We’ve brought together all 11 dates and mint marks for this collection. It was anticipated that these emergency coins would be withdrawn from circulation after the war. To help identify them, a prominent distinguishing feature in the form of very large mintmarks were added. Coins from all three mints bore the super-sized mintmarks above the dome of Monticello. This also represented the very first time the letter “P” was used as a mintmark on a U.S. coin!

These “War Nickels” are now highly sought after by collectors of both U.S. coins and wartime memorabilia. To save you the time and effort of hunting down each date and mint mark, we’ve done the work for you. Plus, each will come in gleaming Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, as fresh and crisp as the day it left the mint more than 70 years ago! This complete 11-Coin War Nickel Collection arrives housed together in a clear protective holder for optimal viewing and display.

  • COMPLETE SET OF WARTIME NICKELS – Due to the need for nickel for the war effort, the U.S. Mint changed the composition of Jefferson Nickels struck from 1942-1945. This 1—coin set is a complete collection of those Wartime Nickels: 1942-P, 1942-S, 1943-P, 1943-S, 1943-D, 1944-P, 1944-S, 1944-D, 1945-P, 1945-S and 1945-D
  • FIRST TIME “P” MINTMARK USED – To help easily differentiates wartime nickels struck at the Philadelphia Mint from non-Wartime Nickels, a special “P” mintmark was used for the first time on a U.S. Coin.
  • FIRST – AND ONLY – NICKELS STRUCK WITH SILVER – These nickels were struck with 35% silver, the first – and only – time nickels contained silver in their composition.
  • LEGAL TENDER U.S. COINAGE – Each coin is five cents legal tender.
  • GLEAMING BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED CONDITION – Each coin in this collection comes in gleaming Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition.

The U.S. Mint came to the rescue during World War II, and this 11-coin collection is the proof. No U.S. or World War II coin collection is complete without it!

Year of Issue 1945, 1944, 1943, 1942
Country United States
Composition Silver, Copper, Manganese
Condition Uncirculated
Grade BU
Denomination 0.05
Currency Type Dollar
Coin Weight 5 Grams - g
Dimensions 21.2mm