What Is a Nickel Coin Made Of?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 10, 2020 10:23:42 AM ET
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Today, the United States nickel coin is made of a 100 percent copper center, with a surface made of 25% nickel and 75% copper. But this wasn't always the case. In the past, the nickel was called a half disme and was made from silver. Disme is pronounced the same way as the word dime.