To conserve valuable metals for the World War II effort during 1942 to 1945, emergency coins were minted. Nickel, a critical war material, was entirely eliminated. The silver nickel (1942-1945) and the steel penny (1943) released stockpiles of raw nickel and copper. The wartime nickel is composed of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese. The 1943 cent is minted of zinc coated steel. In 1944 and 1945, used shell cases were melted down to make the last of the World War II coins.
This collection is sold with seven genuine U.S. coins. These coins come enclosed in a 4" x 6" display case with a stand-up easel.