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    War Nickles

    I was wondering something. When you guys find a war nickle. Do you consider it to be a silver find? ::
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    Yes, I count them in my silver totals.

    Or I would if I ever found some. I haven't found any yet this year. :-\
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    Re: War Nickles

    I think its cool to count them. Some do some don't. I don't. Don't know why, I just don't. Maybe I should. Hmmmmmm........
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    i probably would if i could find some i have only found 2 nickels since getting my e trac both was with a penny in the hole seems to be a pulltab everytime i dig a nickel signal so i mostly ignore them dennis

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    Re: War Nickles

    Quote Originally Posted by POKIE73 link=topic=10584.msg116652#msg116652 date=1342091689
    i probably would if i could find some i have only found 2 nickels since getting my e trac both was with a penny in the hole seems to be a pulltab everytime i dig a nickel signal so i mostly ignore them dennis
    I dug what I thought was a nickle signal. And found a 10K filled wedding band. I haven't found any real gold jewelery yet. Someone said once. That if your digging nickle signals. You might run into a gold trinket. And also I kind of think the V,Shield, and Buffalos are kind of cool! I know you're not really supposed to be looking for gold in a park. Cause you're going to be diggin alot of foil. But I don't get to that many beaches. All the beaches around me. All have this hard course sand. That nothing would sink into anyways. So I dig a few of the lower signals once in a while. Mostly find can slaw, and foil.
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    Re: War Nickles

    I count them in my totals though it's been a while since I dug one. dig all nickel signals. I've gotten 2 gold rings that way
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    Re: War Nickles

    Hey guys, what dates are on a War Nickel
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    Quote Originally Posted by buck57 link=topic=10584.msg116673#msg116673 date=1342113100
    Hey guys, what dates are on a War Nickel
    Hello! 1943,44,45. And I don't know for sure. But I heard 1946. But don't quote me on that. The government needed the nickle during the war for something. So they changed the formula for those years. I'm surprised they didn't use zinc, or tin! :: !
    2012 count: 99 silvers, 3 V Nickels, 4 War Nickles, 2 Gold Rings, 17 Silver Rings, 6 Buffallo Nickels,2 silver braclets, silver cross: 2013 1 Silver, 2 Silver rings, 1 Sterling Neckless with heart charm

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    Thanks starman2 I'll have to check my nickle pile tonite
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    They are 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese. Just enough silver to make them ring out!
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    War Nickels were minted in the years 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945. Some of the 1942 nickels are war nickels and some aren't.

    The easiest way to tell a war nickel is they have a large P, D or S mint mark on the reverse above the dome of Monticello:

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    8 Large Cents, 389 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 122 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 128 Barber Dimes, 384 Mercury Dimes, 237 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 85 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    Re: War Nickles

    Hey, thanks for the great history lesson, Cody and Tony Two-Cent. I enjoy finding out all about what I and every one else brings out of the ground. I will start keeping my eye out now, but we never seem to get very many nickels :: Good hunting to you all, thumbsup01 Eric
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    Yup, I count them, need all the help (or silver) I can get!
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    Yup, they count. Silver is silver... I've only found 1 war nickel in the 5-6 months I've been swingin' the coil. A 1943 P. It was my first silver coin....
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    Re: War Nickles

    Nickel was used to harden the steel used for producing canons and guns...

    In Canada, for some of the 42 and 43, (and few 44) they used tombac...
    1944 and 1945 (and 1952/1953) they used steel plated with chromium (chrome/nickel)


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    Re: War Nickles

    Yes, I count them in my silver total. I think I have two this year.
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