The War Nickel Melt Value Calculator, displayed below, will help you in finding the total silver
value and total silver content of one or more U.S. 35% silver wartime issue nickels. Calculate
by quantity, rolls of war nickels, face value, or weight. The war nickel calculator will only
show you what the silver in your wartime nickels is worth (intrinsic value), and will not
indicate any numismatic (collector) or base metal value.
Use the war nickel calculator to compute how much the silver in your war nickels is worth, or to
set a max bid on a war nickel auction based on its silver content melt value.
You may also care to try one of the many other calculators from the drop-down menu above.
For the base metal value of non-silver nickels, use the
U.S. Nickel Melt Value Calculator or the
Canadian Nickel Melt Value Calculator. For a variety of silver coins, try the
U.S. Silver Coin Melt Value Calculator.
Silver Price per Troy Ounce:
Silver Spot Price Data Last Updated:
Total Silver Value:
Total Silver Weight
How to use the War Nickel Melt Value Calculator.
First decide what method you will be using to indicate the amount of 35% silver war nickels to
calculate. You can enter your amounts either by the total quantity of war nickels, the total
face value of your war nickels, or by the total weight of your U.S. wartime nickel collection.
You could also use a combination of methods depending on how your war nickles are stored.
The first option, showing the picture of a single U.S. 35% silver war nickel, is for entering an
exact count of wartime nickels. Use the text box on the right to enter a number representing the
total quantity of war nickels that you wish to know the silver melt value of. As an alternative,
you can simply click on the war nickel picture, or its link, to increase the value in its text
box by 1. The calculator will automatically update the Total Silver Value (in red),
whenever a change is made to the amounts in any of the text boxes.
The next option below is for entering the amount of 35% silver wartime nickels by rolls of 40.
This has the same effect as entering a value of 40 in the single war nickel option text box.
This option is nice if you like to store your silver war nickels in rolls or coin tubes. If you
received your war nickels already rolled, then be sure to inspect them to determine that they
are all of the 35% silver variety. If not, then your calculation will be inaccurate. This
calculator is only designed for measuring the silver melt value of U.S. 35% silver wartime
issue nickels minted from 1942-1945.
Your next five options are for entering your amounts by the face value of your war nickels.
There are $1, $10, $50, $100, and $1,000 options each representing 20, 200, 1,000, 2,000, and
20,000 war nickels respectively. This option works well if your 35% war nickels are stored in
canvas bags. You can also use decimal values for partial bags. For example, a value of 1.5
entered into the $100 Face Value Text Box would be equal to a $150 face value.
Your final four options allow you to calculate the melt value of your 35% silver war nickels by
weighing them. You can choose to weigh by either ounces, pounds, grams, or kilograms. Just enter
a whole number or decimal representing the total weight in the appropriate weight text box. If
you are weighing your war nickels inside a container or bag, be sure to subtract the weight of
your container first. Do note that these are not Troy ounces or pounds. They are U.S. standard
ounces and pounds (a.k.a. Avoirdupois).
The Total Silver Value is determined based on the U.S. Dollar amount provided in the Silver
Price text box. You could also use one of the other major world currencies available in the
drop-down menu located underneath the prices. The default price is updated frequently during normal
trading hours. You may alter the Silver Price to denote the amount you'd wish to pay per
ounce for the silver content in any accumulation of U.S. 35% silver wartime nickels. This will
help you to establish the maximum bid you might post for an online war nickel auction.
The wartime nickel calculator provides you with total silver value and total silver content
corresponding to the measure of silver contained in uncirculated war nickels with no wear. If
your war nickels have been worn from circulation, they will not include of as much silver. You
could give a percentage of that wear in the "Amount of Wear" text box. A figure larger
than the default of 0 (zero), will lower the total silver value and total silver weight results