Elongated Silver War Nickels
Avid collectors of elongated nickels, as numismatists call them, sometimes like to press silver war-time nickels. They are "harder" than non-war-time silver alloy nickels, however, they are made from an alloy of about 56% copper, 35% silver and about 9% manganese. (Yes, I know, like it says in the picture!)
Silver nickels are really part silver, so an elongated "silver nickel" can be a thing of extra beauty and worth the extra effort. If there is adequate pressure for the nickel press machine to roll the harder alloy silver nickel to full length, the result can be an excellent elongated coin. Often, when polished, a war time silver nickel can look much like it's sterling silver. True, you probably won't find many silver nickels in your pocket change, but, for a special elongated coin, especially one used for a necklace pendent, a trip to the local coin shop may be worth it.
If you are a regular reader of ParkPennies.com, I need not mention that elongated nickels, are one of this author's favorite pressed coins. And we have not overlooked pressed nickel images. Matter of fact, some pages here are dedicated just to Disneyland elongated nickels like this group of Disneyland elongated seasonal nickels or this page of Disneyland Elongated Nickels. Do take a look at them, maybe they will become one of you favorites too?
Proposed Governmental Changes for nickels and pennies
Is it NICKLE or NICKEL? If you are like me, it's easy to forget. Here is an excerpt from the ParkPennies.com Frequently Asked Questions:
Nickle, a miss-spelling of nickel, the US five-cent piece. A word seen all too often on nickel press machine marquees and signs. Also a word that drives even this English-challenged writer crazy!
\Nic"kle\, n. (Zo["o]l.) The European woodpecker, or yaffle; -- called also nicker pecker.
If you see a "penny" press with the word "Nickle" on the marquee, watch out! There could be a yaffle or nicker pecker nearby!
All Disneyland Elongated Nickels Guide
All Disneyland Seasonal Elongated Nickels Details
Seasonal Nickel images, single page