The Henning Nickel – One of Coins’ Greatest Modern Mysteries & Stories (Complete Overview w/Prices)

One of the strangest stories in coins, these counterfeit nickels are worth far more than their real, legal counterparts. Manufactured illicitly by a rogue minter in New Jersey, their downfall came when they forgot to put a mint mark on their 1944 dated nickels as was custom for the 1944 35% Silver War Nickels to have done. The activity reminds me of what happened about 150 years prior, when rogue mints overproduced colonial copper halfpence, but sit back and learn all about these cool coins and their values/stories in this brief video!


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26 Comments on “The Henning Nickel – One of Coins’ Greatest Modern Mysteries & Stories (Complete Overview w/Prices)”

  1. Gotta check some of the nickels I have. Detected a nickel cache of 30+ coins in the woods and seem to remember a war nickel without a mint mark. Thanks for the informative video!

  2. Hi Christian, I bought one ,1944, when I first started collecting late 1950’s early 60’s. Got it from my dealer at the time, when I was starting on my type set. They called them Camden Nickels, guess that is where they were made. Had to look for it I had almost forgot about it. Take care, Bill

  3. So glad you made this video. During one of my nickel hunts, my gf came across one and handed it to me. I had no idea what it was so I looked it up and discovered I was holding a Henning nickel.

  4. I love this story, I was actually just telling my daughter about it, and then saw your video pop up. Awesome, and thanks Christian!! Would love to find one of these babies!

  5. Wow. Been collecting my whole life. I have all sorts of odd coins. Just bought a certified 20 cent piece. I love all the different varieties for each coin. I’m trying to get an example of all. Ive heard the term before but never knew what it was. I’m gonna start looking for one of these. Awesome video!!

  6. I found one , I thought I had a error war nickel now I know it is this that’s great 1944 was the one I got from 7-11 a few months ago

  7. I found a 1944 Henning nickel in change back in the early 1990’s. I found out it was a counterfeit and gave it away to a guy in a bar 🍺 after showing him it was a fake.

  8. thank you for the information. as per your details, i spotted three on hand! wow! i compared them to a 1945 nickel. the errors stand out so much.

  9. I think I may have come across the mysterious 6th missing year. I came across one of them in a roll of change from the bank. The year I have is 1955 and it is the year that Henning was arrested from what I understand. My nickel has the errors on the back. I would like to find out more about the coin but I haven’t seen anyone with one of this particular year. Any ideas? I just saw a Henning of a different year go for over $500 on Ebay.

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