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War Time Nickels

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The wartime nickel set includes the 11 coins from 1942-P to 1945-S that were made of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese. They were noted by the large mint marks that appeared OVER Monticello, which included a "P" mint mark for the Philadelphia mint for the first time.


The old album that you have probably had spots for the 1942 and 1942-D nickels that were made from the old alloy, 75% copper and 25% nickel.


Which is correct? Well 1942 was a war year, but some collectors would say that the "true" set only includes the 11 pieces that were made from the wartime alloy.

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