|Coin||Composition||Weight||Cost to Produce|
|Cent||2.5% Copper, 97.5% Zinc||2.5 g||2.41 cents|
|Nickel||25% Nickel, 75% Copper||5 g||11.18 cents|
|Dime||8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper||2.268 g||5.65 cents|
|Quarter||8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper||5.67 g||11.14 cents|
|Half Dollar||8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper||11.34 g||N/A|
|Susan B Anthony Dollar||12.5% Nickel, 87.5% Copper||8.1 g||N/A|
|$1 Coin||88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel||8.1 g||18.03 cents|
The "new" nickel coin is made out of nickel and copper. It was first minted with these metals in 1866. The first five-cent piece was made from silver, like the dime. By
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!
The nickel has been in use in the United States since the middle of the 19th century. Since 1938, the front of the nickel has featured the profile of President Thomas Jefferson.