We are seeing more and more nickels advertised as "silver". Prior to purchasing a "silver nickel" it is best to clarify the specific item for which you are bidding.
Most nickels are composed of 75% copper, 25% nickel.
"Silver nickels" (35% silver, 56% copper, 9% manganese) were only minted from October 8, 1942 to 1945.
In 1942, the mint issued two compositions:
1. 75% copper, 25% nickel - 1942, with a small "D" or "S" mint mark to the right of Monticello on the reverse or in the case of Philadelphia minted coins, no mint mark
2. 35% silver, 56% copper, 9% manganese - Coins from all three mints bore very large mintmarks above the dome of Monticello
Unfortunately, we are seeing ebayers advertising "silver war nickels" with dates starting as early as 1939
Old Liberty Nickel Coin Lot Full Date 20 Coins Good Or Better United States Mint1925 BUFFALO NICKEL,US COINS
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