Junk Silver Coins

Junk silver refers to old US coins that contain 35, 40, or 90% silver. The United States once used silver in all their coins (except the penny) because of the low price and the physical qualities of silver. When the price of silver increased, the US decided it was too expensive to use in circulating currency.


Investors now keep their eyes open for any US coin that was minted prior to 1965. Dimes, quarters and half-dollars minted before 1965 may contain 90% silver. These coins are highly sought because they maintain their worth as US currency, making them cheap to buy and own. Junk silver offers investors a low cost way to start investing in silver.


Silver Content


Most people think that junk silver is just that – junk. However, they would be surprised to know that junk silver is a very wise investment, and no different than any other silver investment. What the coins look like does not matter, the silver content is what is wanted. Junk coins may contain anywhere from 35% to 90% silver, making them highly desirable coins to own.
Those wise people who have purchased these silver coin realize that they got the bargain of a lifetime. How often can you purchase a coin for face value, and that coin yields more silver content than the cost of the coin? Junk silver is anything but junk.


Pieces of History


Junk silver is truly American history. Think about it, these coins have been in circulation for over 40 years and they still look good. They might show some signs of wear and tear, but they are still in use. This just shows that American coins have a long life due to their durability. There are not many silver coins that have relevant history behind them like the American junk silver coins.Finding these rare coins now is a wonderful way to begin your silver investments.


90% Silver Coins (Dimes, Quarters, Half-Dollar, Dollars)

These are the most popular junk silver coins. Each one was minted before 1965 and contains 90% silver. When you purchase a bag of junk silver you will receive an assortment of dimes, quarters and half-dollars. There is no way of knowing how many of each coin you will get, but you can be sure they will all have a 90% silver content.


Morgan (1878–1921) — 90-percent silver
Peace (1921–1928 and 1934–1935) — 90-percent silver


Liberty Head “Barber” (1892–1915) — 90-percent silver
Walking Liberty (1916–1947) — 90-percent silver
Franklin (1948–1963) — 90-percent silver
Kennedy (1964) — 90-percent silver
Kennedy (1965–1970) — 40-percent silver



Liberty Head “Barber” (1892–1916) — 90-percent silver
Standing Liberty (1916–1930) — 90-percent silver
Washington (1932, 1934–1964) — 90-percent silver


Liberty Head “Barber” (1892–1916) — 90-percent silver
Winged Liberty Head “Mercury” (1916–1945) — 90-percent silver
Roosevelt (1946–1964) — 90-percent silver

40% Silver Coins

Every Kennedy Half Dollar contains 40% silver. Minted between 1965 and 1970, finding these coins now is like finding a rare treasure.

Wise Investors Buy Junk Silver 

Inflation is causing the American paper dollar to lose value, while increasing the value of junk silver. As hyperinflation rises, owing these coins in the event of widespread hyperinflation could end up being a personal blessing. Many investors might look at the word “junk” and lose interest; however, these bags of US junk silver are far more valuable than the name “junk” implies. The only losers in junk silver deals are those that won’t buy because they are clueless about the name.


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