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  1. #1
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    1942 Nickel with no mint mark

    Hello,
    I found a 1942 nickel in change. It is dull gray. However, there is no mint mark over the Monticello. As I understand, this means it is not a silver nickel? (i.e. pre October 8, 1942)

    I think regardless it's worth hanging onto since it's 70 years old and in pretty decent shape.

    I assume it's one of the 1942 "Type 1" listed here? But what's the difference in the two? It looks like Type 1 just means there is no "P" mint mark.
    http://www.pcgs.com/Prices/PriceGuid...fferson+Nickel

    Thanks

  2. #2
    us
    Apr 2011
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    Re: 1942 Nickel with no mint mark

    If there is no P, D, or S over the dome on the reverse, it is not silver. (unless its some super rare error missing the mintmark.) I keep all the nicks I find that are before 1960 and throw them in a giant Sunny D bottle. Some day they will be worth 6 cents.

    HH
    BB

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    us
    Aug 2011
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    Re: 1942 Nickel with no mint mark

    like bb said only nics with the big mm above the dome are silver. In '42 they made P & S coins with the big mm's which are silver and the no mm and D 42's with the regular size mm at 3 o'clock near the rim are just regular copper/nickel nic's but still worth keepin'. The '42D's have a low mintage of just 13,938,000 too - but still not as good as finding a silver one though.

    Good luck & HH!
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  4. #4
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    Jan 2012
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    Re: 1942 Nickel with no mint mark

    Quote Originally Posted by baddbluff
    If there is no P, D, or S over the dome on the reverse, it is not silver. (unless its some super rare error missing the mintmark.) I keep all the nicks I find that are before 1960 and throw them in a giant Sunny D bottle. Some day they will be worth 6 cents.

    HH
    BB
    They already are for melt value, however, it is illegal to melt them.
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  5. #5
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    Mr. Schulz

    Mar 2012
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    Probably type I unless it is on a silver/manganese planchet with Type I strikes - ultra rare error? lol
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  6. #6
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    R.I.P. Rich Hartford, You'll be missed.

    Feb 2011
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    no silver if there is no large mint mark above the monticello. in 1942 they made:
    1942(p)- no mintmark- non-silver
    1942-d(small mintmark)- not silver, semi-key date
    all the others that have the mintmark above the dome is silver.
    HH
    BuffaloBoy

  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2012
    Maryland
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    It could be a Henning nickel, but unlikely for 1942.
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

 

 

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