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    Farchaus2k

    1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    Quick question. Is the 1942-D Jefferson Nickel a wartime Silver Nickel or not? Found some conflicting information and wanted to know for sure. Thanks and Happy Hunting.

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    Re: 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    42d is not silver.
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    Farchaus2k

    Re: 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    Too bad. Just out of curiosity why is it not?

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    Re: 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    the '42D isn't silver but is still a better date Jefferson nickel (mintage: 13,938,000) and certainly worth keeping.

    Only the '42-'45 nic's with the big mint marks above the dome on reverse are silver. They just didn't start minting them with silver until later in '42 so nickel could be used for the war.
    2014 results:
    Dollars ($150 searched): 1 silver Ike ('76S)
    Halves ($83,984 searched): 65 x 90% (17 Bens, 6 Walkers, 1893 commem), 443 x 40% (2 x '68S, '69S, '70D, '76S), 1 x 80% ('64 Canadian), 4 x '82P no FG's, 2 mag. coins
    Nickels ($2500 searched): 21 silver, 14 buffalos ('13 T1, '24, '26, '27, '28, '30S, '36, '36S & 6 nd's), '39S, '05P bison error
    Cents: 7 wheats ('36, '37, '39, '40, 2 x '41, '43 - all coin counter finds)

    Total silver: 90.8248 ozs

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    Re: 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    Based upon my redbook, it gives me this info:

    1942(philly): 49,789,000 minted(non-silver)- no mintmark above dome on back
    1942d- 13,938,000 non-silver(no mint mark above dome on back)... need this one for my collection
    WARTIME NICKELS...(silver, mintmark above dome on back)
    1942p(57,873,000)
    1942s(32,900,000)

    no 1942d silver war nickels were made. hope this helps.
    HH
    BuffaloBoy

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    Farchaus2k

    Re: 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    Thank you all for the info. I sincerely appreciate it.

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    Re: 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    Quote Originally Posted by Farchaus2k
    Thank you all for the info. I sincerely appreciate it.
    As the other poster's have indicated, the sure-fire way to tell a War nickle with silver content is the large mint-mark above the dome of Monticello. A interesting factoid is that the war nickles were the first usage of the "P" mint-mark to indicate mintage in Philadelphia. Previously no mint mark was the indication of Philadelphia mintage.
    They used the large mint mark over the dome so they could identify and later recover the silver nickles, should they have chosen to do that.
    Picking up war nickles is a real treat, wish you well.
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    Re: 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

    Last month I saw a 1942 D Nickel on ebay listed as a war nickel and likely a error coin.
    It was a standard 1942 D in Fine condition except it a large scratch mark across the front. I couldn't figure out why the seller thought this coin could be an error coin or why he thought it was a war nickel. I messaged him and he gave me the run around. He wasn't ignorant, he was a crook.

    Bottom line, buy a red book they cost about $10, it answers most questions. I suggested to the seller after his silly reply, he didn't reply again.

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    War nickel

    Quote Originally Posted by MIhunter View Post
    Last month I saw a 1942 D Nickel on ebay listed as a war nickel and likely a error coin.
    It was a standard 1942 D in Fine condition except it a large scratch mark across the front. I couldn't figure out why the seller thought this coin could be an error coin or why he thought it was a war nickel. I messaged him and he gave me the run around. He wasn't ignorant, he was a crook.

    Bottom line, buy a red book they cost about $10, it answers most questions. I suggested to the seller after his silly reply, he didn't reply again.
    In 1942 the USA was at war. Therefore it is a War nickel, what it is not is a partial Silver Nickel. The "Silver Nickels" have the Mintmark in the Reverse, above the dome.

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    Among collectors and others who dabble in US coins, the term "War Nickel" describes ONLY the silver alloy Jefferson Nickels produced from late 1942 through 1945. The term does NOT describe 1942 Jefferson Nickels that were minted with the standard cupronickel alloy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wandye View Post
    In 1942 the USA was at war. Therefore it is a War nickel, what it is not is a partial Silver Nickel. The "Silver Nickels" have the Mintmark in the Reverse, above the dome.
    A 1942D nickel is NOT a war nickel
    Take my advise and buy a Red Book (and read it). You will learn a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wandye View Post
    In 1942 the USA was at war. Therefore it is a War nickel, what it is not is a partial Silver Nickel. The "Silver Nickels" have the Mintmark in the Reverse, above the dome.
    War nickel is a well known and commonly used phrase to describe the 35% nickels produced between 1942 and 1945. It's composition was changed due to the war materiel shortage, therefore "war nickel".

    A 1942 nickel could be a WARTIME nickel, I assume.
    Last edited by accordselux; Nov 19, 2015 at 02:51 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by accordselux View Post
    War nickel is a well known and commonly used phrase to describe the 35% nickels produced between 1942 and 1945. It's composition was changed due to the war materiel shortage, therefore "war nickel".

    A 1942 nickel could be a WARTIME nickel, I assume.
    The Denver mint did not make any war nickels in 1942
    S.F made war nickels in 1942
    Philly made both CuNi and silver war nickels in 1942 (war nickels have a P above the dome)

    AGAIN buy a red book!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIhunter View Post
    The Denver mint did not make any war nickels in 1942
    S.F made war nickels in 1942
    Philly made both CuNi and silver war nickels in 1942 (war nickels have a P above the dome)

    AGAIN buy a red book!!
    I will give you $100 paypalled if you can find any claim to the contrary in my post.

    There were 35% silver war nickels minted from 1942-1945.

    There were cupronickel coins minted in 1942 only during the transition.

    I never said anything about mint marks or which mint produced what.

    If he wants to build a 1939 or 1941-1945 set of US coinage as a "wartime" set, more power to him, but a 1941 or 1942 cupronickel is not a war nickel, no matter what his explanation is.

    I have a Red Book.
    "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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    Why was this thread dug up from 2011?

 

 
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