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We spy a coin collector’s dream! You’ll love this Jefferson Nickel coin collection that includes one vintage coin from each year of issue and U.S. Mint for a spectacular and complete 11-coin set. These Silver Nickels have been out of issue for more than 70 years since the World War II era. Millions of silver coins have been melted over the years for the precious silver bullion, leaving just a fraction of the original coins for today's collectors.

Did you know? During World War II, nickel was a valuable component in guns, tanks, and airplanes. To help the war effort, the U.S. Mint eliminated nickel from the five cent Nickel coins. Instead, it struck the Nickel in a new alloy that included 35% silver. Made from 1942 until the war ended in 1945, these were "emergency" coins and the first and only Silver Nickels in U.S. history. The Silver Nickels were made from 1942 until the war ended in 1945. During this time, they were struck at all three U.S. Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.

In order to identify the silver nickels from earlier regular coins made with nickel, the U.S. Mint included a prominent Mint Marks on the reverse, above the dome of Monticello. A large "D" is for Denver, "S" is for San Francisco, and "P" is for Philadelphia. This was the first time in history that the "P" mark was ever used.

Coin Set Includes

  • Set of 11 Jefferson Nickels
  • Story card and plastic display folder
  • Certificate of authenticity

Coin Specifications

  • Coin Type: Jefferson Nickel
  • Coin Grade:Circulated
  • Denomination: 5 Cents
  • Diameter: 21.2mm
  • Mint Mark:
  • 1942: P - Philadelphia
  • 1942: S - San Francisco
  • 1943: P - Philadelphia
  • 1943: D - Denver
  • 1943: S - San Francisco
  • 1944: P - Philadelphia
  • 1944: D - Denver
  • 1944: S - San Francisco
  • 1945: P - Philadelphia
  • 1945: D - Denver
  • 1945: S - San Francisco
  • Mintage Year(s): 1942-1945
  • Purity of Silver: 35%
  • Obverse: Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States
  • Reverse:Monticello, Jefferson's mountaintop home in Virginia

Plastic Display Folder: 8-5/8" x 10-5/8"

Distributed by The Franklin Mint.


Buffalo Nickel:
The Buffalo Nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser and first minted in 1913. This extremely popular and legendary coin features the profile of a Native American man on the obverse and the image of a bison on a small hill on the reverse. Fraser revealed before his death that his depiction of the man on the obverse was a composite profile based upon Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux, Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne, and possibly a third man. Although this third person was not specified by Fraser, many believe him to be Chief Big Tree of the Kiowa. The reverse design is thought to be an image of a famous bison at the time named Black Diamond, which lived at the New York Zoo.

The United States Mint produced the coin up until 1938 when it was replaced by Felix Schlag's portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the obverse and an image of the third President's home, Monticello, on the reverse. In 2006, James Earle Fraser's definitive work on the Buffalo Nickel was again used as the design for the new 24K gold American Buffalo coin. The U.S. Mint also struck a coin in 2001 featuring Fraser's famous Buffalo Nickel design to commemorate the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in the Smithsonian Institution.