Process where the mint destroys defective or worn coins by running them through a waffling machine.Â This canceling process gives the former coin a waffle like appearance.Â Coins cancelled in this manner are sold in bulk for scrap metal and often can not be distinguished as a US coin, except by their size.
A half dollar with the Walking Liberty design. Made between 1916 and 1947. Thought by some to be one of the US most beautiful coin designs. The current "American Silver Eagles" have the same design on their obverse (front).
Sometimes called "wartime" nickels. These Jefferson US five cent coins were made during part of World War II. At the time there was a concern that metal would be needed in the war effort. Therefore a new mixture of metals was used in the nickel. 35% silver, 9% manganese, and 56% copper. As of this writing they are worth more than five cents due to their silver content. These "silver war nickels", as some call them, will have a large mint mark above the memorial building on the reverse (back).