Since 1938, United States five-cent nickel has been made of 25 percent nickel and 75 percent copper. This coin is referred to as the Jefferson Nickel. This nickel features an engraving
Cents are made out of copper-coated zinc (post-1982) modern dollar coins are made out of brass.
Nickels are made of an alloy of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel & weigh about 5.0 grams. Wow!
Nickels made from 1866 ( first year of issue) to mid-1942 and
|Coin||Composition||Weight||Cost to Produce|
|Source||Cent||2.5% Copper, 97.5% Zinc||2.5 g||2.41 cents|
|Source||Nickel||25% Nickel, 75% Copper||5 g||11.18 cents|
|Source||Dime||8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper||2.268 g||5.65 cents|
|Source||Quarter||8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper||5.67 g||11.14 cents|
|Source||Half Dollar||8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper||11.34 g||N/A|
|Source||Susan B Anthony Dollar||12.5% Nickel, 87.5% Copper||8.1 g||N/A|
|Source||$1 Coin||88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel||8.1 g||18.03 cents|