Monthly Archives: June 2019

War Nickels

In October of 1942, the U.S. Mint starting producing five-cent nickels composed of copper (56%), silver (35%) and manganese (9%).  Before 1942, U.S. nickels were composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel.  These new wartime silver alloy nickels were created to eliminate nickel, a critical war material for battle in the Europe and the Pacific. […]