About 1943 Nickels
If there were a coin that serves as a starter kit for the aspiring or first-time collector, it would probably be the 1943 Jefferson nickel. For one, the 1943 nickel is still found in circulation, so you never know when one might show up in your pocket change. If you are purchasing an uncirculated 1943 Jefferson nickel, it is very accessible including from the reliable sellers on eBay. Additionally, the coin-collecting neophyte wanting to learn more about what goes on behind minting learns much from the 1943 war nickel. Because the U.S. needed all the nickel it could muster for military arsenal during the war, it changed the content of nickels from 1942 to 1945 by substituting nickel with silver. And though the 1943 nickel is not known for any really rare finds—making a complete set even more attainable for the beginner—there is one glaring if not fuzzy exception, the 1943/2 P Jefferson nickel. The Philadelphia mint used a die from the 1942 nickel to mint the 1943 nickel, thus blurring the "3" with a "2" on the front of the coin. Though not seeing its full fruition as a rare coin quite yet, a collector would be wise to hang on to a 1943/2 P nickel when acquired. It is only one of eight recognized "overdates" during the 20th century making of coins. One might say it is yet waiting for its fame.