United States
Five Cent Piece

The nickel, in American
usage, is a five-cent
coin issued by the
United States Mint.
Composed of 75%
copper and 25% nickel,
the piece has been
struck since 1866. In
1865, Congress
abolished the five-cent
fractional currency note
after Spencer M. Clark,
head of the Currency
Bureau placed himself
on the denomination. As
two-cent and three-cent
pieces without precious
metal content had been
successfully introduced,
Congress also
authorized a five-cent
piece of base metal; the
Mint began striking this
in 1866.

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