I got this silver round from Apmex. They exclusively distributed this round. This is the first year of its production.
2021 Liberty Trade Buffalo- 1 oz Silver Round
It is a modern take on a classic favorite. James Earle Fraser’s design for the 1913 Buffalo Nickel has inspired both images featured on this round.
It is also my favorite design in coins!
I don't collect coins if it isn't silver or gold. But I'll collect these non-silver Buffalo Nickels coins because I think they are iconic.
But do you know that there are silver nickels? Yes, silver nickels!
Silver War Nickels
Here's a bit of American history:
About 10 months into the U.S. involvement in World War II that begins in December 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attack, the United States Mint began producing silver nickels. These coins were made of an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese rather than 75% copper and 25% nickel as the coins had been made since 1866. So why was the metallic composition of the coins changed?
Copper and especially nickel were both metals with strategic uses for the war and were more valuable than silver at the time. For example, nickel could be used to harden the metal in heavy tanks and for other military purposes.
Earlier in 1942, on March 27, a law was enacted that called for completely eliminating nickel from five-cent coins. The particular nickel composition was 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. This alloy was used from mid-1942 through December 1945 until the war was over.
To make it easy to spot the silver war nickels from other nickels, a large “P” mintmark was added on the reverse side of the coins above the dome of Monticello, Jefferson’s famous estate in Virginia. In addition, since coins made of the normal alloy had already been produced at Philadelphia earlier in 1942, the silver nickels made there were the first U.S. coins struck at that mint that sported a mintmark. This change was also made to make it easier to spot the coins when they were redeemed at banks.
The silver nickels were also easy to spot when freshly minted because they had a dazzling brilliant finish on them that was whiter in appearance than regular nickels and often with sharp striking of the details. However, with time the finish tarnished and toned, often becoming a dull grey and less attractive, which also happened with the 1943 steel pennies made for the war effort too.
My 2021 coins, I have shown so far:
- 2021 Liberty Trade Buffalo
- 2021 Australia Silver Dragon Rectangular Coin
- 2021 British Silver Valiant Coin
- 2021 British Silver Britannia
- 2021 Gold Round PG&G
- 2021 Armenian Silver Noah's Ark
- 2021 American Gold Eagle 1/10 oz MS70 First Strike
- 2021 Tuvalu Silver Black Flag (The Red Flag)
- 2021 Australian Silver Kookaburra
- 2021 Somalia Silver Elephant
- 2021 South African Silver Krugerrand
- 2021 Austrian Silver Philharmonic
- 2021 Niue Roaring Lion Silver Coin
- 2021 St. Helena Silver Queen's Virtue Victory Coin
- 2021 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf
- 2021 China Silver Panda
- 2021 Australia The Great White Shark
- 2021 American Silver Eagle
- 2021 American Silver Eagle MS70 First Strike
- 2021 American Silver Eagle
Sources: Apmex, Coinweek
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