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What is the primary metal in nickels?

The nickel, worth 5 cents, is made of a composition called cupro-nickel. Cupro-nickel is a metal that is composed of a combination of copper and nickel. The nickel coin comprises 25 percent nickel and 75 percent copper and weighs five grams, according to the U.S.

What are nickel coins made of?

A nickel is a five-cent coin struck by the United States Mint. Composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel, the piece has been issued since 1866. Its diameter is .

What kind of metal is a nickel made of?

Specifications for Legal Tender Coins in USA

Denomination Metal used Weight (g)
Cent Copper -plated Zinc 2.500
Nickel Cupro-Nickel 5.000
Dime Cupro-Nickel 2.268
Quarter Dollar Cupro-Nickel 5.670

Which metal is used for making coins?


Why is pure copper not used for coins?

Before 1992 1p coins were 97% copper; in 2006 the price of copper was so high that the scrap metal value of one of the copper coins was 1.5p! The atoms of different elements are different sizes, making it harder for them to move over each other than in the pure metal, resulting in a harder material.

What makes a Susan B Anthony coin rare?

In late 1979, officials at the United States Mint decided to widen the rim of the Susan B. Anthony dollar to modify its appearance. This resulted in a scarce variety known as the Wide Rim or Near Date dollar.

Is a 1979 dollar coin worth anything?

USA Coin Book Estimated Value of 1979-D Susan B Anthony Dollar is Worth $2.22 or more in Uncirculated (MS+) Mint Condition. Click here to Learn How to use Coin Price Charts. Also, click here to Learn About Grading Coins. The Melt Value shown below is how Valuable the Coin’s Metal is Worth (bare minimum value of coin).