With only 27,600 Silver Jefferson Nickels struck in Proof during 1942, this coin is difficult to come across in any grade. However, this specific example is one of only 24 coins that NGC has graded in Proof 68 condition with none graded higher. In addition to this coin`s low mintage and minuscule population is its gorgeous, subtle toning. The same illusive toning occurs on both the obverse and reverse of the coin. Around the rim is a gentle halo of champagne, which fades into a pale baby blue before turning into a rose pink at the center. The 1942-P Silver Nickel is one of only 4 issues that are composed of 56% Copper, 35% Silver, and 9% Manganese. The reason for this composition is due to the need for nickel in the World War II war effort.