|In 1942, two types of proof Jefferson Nickels were minted. The first type was the traditional 75% copper-25% nickel alloy used to make nickels for many years. With the outbreak of World War II, nickel was a vital resource for the war effort so much so that the Mint changed the composition of the nickel to 56% copper-35% silver-9% manganese during 1942 and the so-called silver "war nickel" was born. 1942 was the only time that War Nickels were available in proof finish and not very many were made. Only 27,600 Type 2 proof nickels were minted in 1942 with the wartime silver alloy. This example of the 1942-P Proof Jefferson War Nickel has been graded PR67+ by PCGS and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. The coin has also been certified by CAC as being solid for the assigned grade. This is a wonderful specimen of the proof silver war nickel with hardly any marks of note as you would expect at this ultra high plus grade. Even under a very close inspection, I have trouble finding any issues of note. The coin has a slight haze on both sides, which is a testament to the originality of the coin, and does not detract from the eye appeal. There is just a touch of toning around the rims of the coin which appears very dark in parts in my photos, but is really a vibrant rainbow color that comes to life under bright lighting. I have attempted to show this color in my photos, but it was not possible for all of the color to show at once. To date, only thirteen (13) examples of the 1942-P Proof Jefferson War Nickel have been graded higher by PCGS, all at the PR68 level and each of which would cost between $5,000 and $10,000 if offered for sale today. Accordingly, this PCGS PR67+ CAC example is a relative bargain with superb overall eye appeal.
Because of the difficulty in capturing the overall look of the coin in a single image, I have also included a short high-definition video of the coin towards the bottom of this listing in an attempt to give you a better idea of what this coin will look like in hand. Please note that you may need to adjust the video quality to 1080p and may need to increase the size of the video to full screen in order to see the coin in maximum detail.