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Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Yes. Better Reconsider. . .smiling bouncing smiley .

December 31, 2018 09:52PM
From a post by Zincoln in the White's Detector Forum:

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Hey Brian,

I got to thinking about this earlier in the year when the subject was brought up whether the Silver War Nickels are worthy to be called silver coins or not. What did I decide?

First Thought:

A United States 1945 Jefferson Nickel weighs 5 grams. They are comprised of 35% silver, 56% copper and 9% manganese. There would be 1.75 grams of silver in a silver nickel.

A United States 1964 Roosevelt Dime weighs 2.50 grams. They are comprise of 90% silver and 10% copper. There would be 2.25 grams of silver in a silver dime.

Two silver nickels have 3.5 grams of silver, while a silver dime, which is face valued at twice a silver nickel, has only 2.25 grams of silver. Nickels are a better silver value. thumbs up

A United States Seated Half-Dime weighs 1.3 grams (1.2 grams in 1853 and later). They are comprised of 90% silver and 10% copper. There would be 1.17 grams of silver in a Silver Half-Dime. Compared to the silver nickel at 1.75 grams of silver, the nickel is again, the better silver value. thumbs up

So, if you count a half dime as a silver coin, shouldn't you also be counting a silver nickel as a silver coin? After all, it has the same face value as a half-dime, yet has more silver than a half-dime.

If you look at melt values for silver nickels vs silver dimes, again, two nickels will get you more money than 1 silver dime.


Second thought


And what if those silver nickels were 'gold' nickels?

Well, if those "nickels" were alloyed with 35% gold instead of 35% silver I believe they would be stamped 9K.

I think we would all prefer to find 24K gold rings (100%), or 18K (75%) gold rings or even 14K (58.3%) gold rings. Still, I can't imagine anybody calling a 10K (41.7%) gold ring something other than a gold ring just because it is less than 50% gold. Gold and silver are both precious metals.

Conclusion?

Now that I've looked into it, I do think that our silver nickels are getting a bad wrap and we ought to be counting them as silver coins.

Interested to know your thoughts.

Rich (Utah)

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/31/2018 09:56PM by Rich (Utah).
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Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Yes. Better Reconsider. . .smiling bouncing smiley .

Rich (Utah) 172 December 31, 2018 09:52PM

Re: Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Heck Yeahangry smiley

Druid 76 January 09, 2019 12:08AM

Nope, no 'Bad Wrap' for 5¢ coins.

Monte 82 January 09, 2019 11:55PM

At least the war nickels clean up nicesmiling smiley

Hombre 97 January 02, 2019 05:11PM

Those War Nickels - Our Noble Nickel cool smiley

Rich (Utah) 91 January 04, 2019 11:28PM

Re: Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Yes. Better Reconsider. . .smiling bouncing smiley .

Sodbuster 114 January 01, 2019 01:17PM

Truly Enlightened ! winking smiley

Rich (Utah) 87 January 01, 2019 09:55PM

A No Go

OregonGregg 123 January 01, 2019 07:19AM

Re: A No Go

D&P-OR 116 January 01, 2019 02:41PM

Re: A No Go

OregonGregg 105 January 02, 2019 04:53AM

Re: A No Go

D&P-OR 99 January 02, 2019 06:19AM

Re: A No Go

OregonGregg 81 January 02, 2019 10:36AM

---- Good Thinking in my book.thumbs up ----

Monte 104 January 01, 2019 08:48PM

Having Second Thoughts

OregonGregg 124 January 01, 2019 08:31AM

Re: Having Second Thoughts

Rich (Utah) 103 January 01, 2019 12:34PM

The WW-II minted 5¢ coins had some silver content, but ....

Monte 113 January 01, 2019 12:33AM

Re: Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Yes. Better Reconsider. . .smiling bouncing smiley .

zincoln 119 January 01, 2019 12:05AM

Converting the Godfather . . . . . . .

Rich (Utah) 92 January 01, 2019 09:51PM

Re: Converting the Godfather . . . . . . .

zincoln 87 January 01, 2019 10:22PM

Re: Converting the Godfather . . . . . . .

OregonGregg 101 January 02, 2019 04:50AM

Silver War Nickels are where you find them.

Rich (Utah) 98 January 01, 2019 11:20PM

Reconsidering the Silver War Nickel. . . . .

Rich (Utah) 99 January 01, 2019 12:34AM



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