Silver Coin Found in Pocket Change

Reverse Showing Mint Mark
World War 2 Silver Nickel

A few days ago, I received a silver coin in my change for a small purchase. I didn’t notice what I had till yesterday. When I opened the console in my SUV, something in the coin holder caught my eye. Later, I looked more closely, and I found a WW2 silver nickel. It’s a 1944-D, to be exact. During the war years, nickel was a strategic metal for war production, more essential than silver. So silver was substituted for nickel in United States 5-cent pieces. They’re easily recognized by the placement of the Mint Mark above the dome of Monticello on the reverse side. I estimate the condition of this coin as Extremely Fine, which puts the value at about $2.00 – not bad for a nickel found in pocket change!

2016 $50 Wanduta: Portrait of a Chief, 5 oz. 99.99% Pure Silver Color Proof Coin

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Composition – 99.99% pure silver

Finish – color proof

Weight (g) – 157.6 (five troy ounces)

Diameter (mm) – 65.25

Edge – serrated

Certificate – serialized (serial numbers will vary)

Face value – 50 dollars (a legal tender Canadian coin)

Artists – Darlene Gait (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)


As a spiritual healer, Wanduta was a leading defender of traditional Indigenous practices. He travelled to Ottawa to protest the federal government’s restrictive policies; but upon his return, Wanduta was arrested for “hosting” the dance in Rapid City and was convicted for this violation of the giveaway ban. On January 26, 1903, he was sentenced to four months of hard labor and imprisonment at the Brandon Jail.

Attempts to secure clemency proved futile as Wanduta served his entire sentence, but he remained undeterred. He continued his spiritual practices after his release; in doing so, Wanduta cemented his reputation as a heyoka, a respected member of sacred Dakota societies,who was revered for his abilities to help his people, and is remembered today for his efforts to keep tradition alive.

This coin commemorates one person’s courage and dedication to preserving the cultural traditions of his community.

Special features:

•BEAUTIFUL COLOR AND ENGRAVING! The full application of color over the engraving captures the beautiful complexities of Wanduta’s traditional regalia, circa 1913.

•LOW MINTAGE: Only 1,200 coins will be made worldwide.

•KING GEORGE III MEDAL WORN AROUND HIS NECK! Around the spiritual healer’s neck is a King George III medal — a symbolic display of a Dakota leader’s peaceful intentions and a reminder of the historic alliances with the British.

•FIVE OUNCES OF 99.99% PURE SILVER! For our Canadian customers, this coin is GST/HST exempt!

About the Design:

Designed by Canadian artist Darlene Gait, the coin features a full-face portrait of Wanduta (Red Arrow), a Sioux Valley Dakota Chief who defended the community’s ceremonial dance rites when such activities were prohibited under the Indian Act. The full application of color over the engraving captures the beautiful complexities of Wanduta’s traditional regalia, circa 1913. Finely detailed engraving adds texture to the eagle feathers that adorn the full headdress, as well as the beautifully colored beads that are woven in a geometric design on the headband above Wanduta’s brow.

2019 $15 Year of the Pig – Chinese Lunar Zodiac, Lotus Shaped Pure Silver Proof Canadian Coin

This is another great coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. Click Here to visit our ebay listing for photos and more information.



Composition – 99.99% pure silver

Finish – proof

Weight (g) – 26.7

Diameter (mm) – 38

Edge – plain

Certificate – serial numbered (serial numbers will vary)

Face Value – 15-dollars (a legal tender Canadian coin)

Artists: Three Degrees Creative Group (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)


In the Chinese lunar calendar, the year 2019 is ruled by the Pig — a true diamond in the rough! The Pig also ruled 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007. Though it may appear unrefined, the down-to-earth pig personality is associated with kindness and loyalty. An excellent listener, the pig will always support you. And if you’re wrong, he or she won’t have the heart to tell you. A lover of the good things in life who rarely holds a grudge, this peace-loving soul wants everyone to get along. On this coin, the friendly pig frolics among the lucky blossoms, ensconced within the unique scallop edging of our famed annual Lunar Series!

Order the perfect pure silver coin for someone born in the Year of the Pig!

Special features:

  • LOWER MINTAGE THAN PREVIOUS! This pure silver Lunar Lotus Year of the Pig coin has a lower mintage than last year’s Lunar coin, making the Year of the Pig even more special!
  • A MUST-HAVE FOR EVERY ZODIAC COLLECTION! This coin is part of the popular Lunar series featuring coins of the Chinese zodiac; 10th coin in this series of 12 coins.
  • CHINESE CHARACTER FOR PIG! The coin includes the Chinese character for pig!
  • MAGNIFICENT PACKAGING! Each encapsulated coin is housed in a satin-like covered case with a custom red sleeve — an auspicious color for good fortune!
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1.
  • LIMITED WORLDWIDE MINTAGE! Only a limited number will be made world wide!
  • PURE SILVER! Each coin is crafted from 99.99% pure silver with a beautiful proof finish!


Designed by Three Degrees Creative, this scallop-edged coin offers a pleasing profile portrait of the smiling Pig. This depiction highlights the animal’s traditional character and associations in Chinese astrology: friendship, courage, confidence, and resourcefulness. In this treatment, the happy-go-lucky Pig is surrounded by a semi-circle of lovely good-luck blossoms. In the polished field above the central image is the Chinese character for “pig.”


Each coin is encapsulated and housed in a silver satin-like covered case with a custom red sleeve.

Shipping & Handling

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Additional Information

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Surface areas that appear black on some proof coin photos are actually highly polished, mirror-bright metal reflecting the color of the camera. We often include proof coin photos with the coin slightly tilted to better depict the mirror bright surfaces.  However, tilting the coin may result in one side being slightly out of focus.  Please review all of the photos provided to obtain the best understanding of the coin’s actual appearance.

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