The Buffalo/Indian Head Nickel (1913-1938) are a beautiful piece of American History and quickly gained positive reviews with the public when it was released for circulation in 1913. Although The New York Times and The Numismatist did not give positive feedback The Buffalo/Indian Head Nickel was still praised with the public for displaying a true American theme.
The Thomas Jefferson Nickel (1938-Present) replaced The Buffalo/Indian Head Nickel as soon as The Mint was legally allowed to change it. In October of 1942 an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% Manganese began to be coined inside the Nickel, War Nickels, because of The United States entry into World War II.
The smallest and thinnest coin in U.S. circulation today is the Theodore Roosevelt dime. In 1796 to 1837, dimes were composed of 89 percent silver and 11 percent copper. Because the silver amount in the dime they were made small and thin to prevent their intrinsic value being worth more than the face value. There are a total of six major types of dimes issued by The Mint, and they are:
- Draped Bust 1796 – 1807
- Capped Bust 1809 – 1837
- Seated Liberty 1837 – 1891
- Barber 1892 – 1916
- Winged Liberty Head (Mercury) 1916 – 1945
- Roosevelt 1946 – Present
There are many valuable Nickels and Dimes out there. The Buffalo/Indian Head Nickels have no silver value but many of the early years seem very valuable cause of the low mintage, go on and start a conversation with your Grandpa, he might show you The ‘ol Collection. If you’re looking for War Nickels/ Buffalo’s/or various form of Valuable Dimes you can start your collection here with the 30 most valuable Nickels and Dimes that could be found in circulation today.
- Mercury Dime 1916 – 1945 (90%) .0723 oz of silver
- Roosevelt Dime 1946 – 1964 (90%) .0723 oz of silver
- Barber Dime 1892 – 1916 (90%) .0723 oz of silver
- War Nickel 1942 – 1945 (35%) .0563 oz of silver