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Junk Silver Coins






A "junk silver coins" is a term used in the bullion market for old silver coins minted in the United States, Canada and many other Countries around the world.





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Why "Junk?"




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It sounds odd to call old silver coins "Junk," but most of these coins are categorized as 'junk' because they have been in circulation for a long time and are generally in poor condition.

These silver coins have no numismatic value or a collector's premium, above the amount of silver contained within them.

In addition, dealers of junk silver coins, usually check the coins for any collectible coins, which is why few people find any real collectible coins in these coin lots.






Gresham's Law




Junk Silver Coins are old pre-1965 circulated coins that Americans used to use in everyday life.

The Coinage Act of 1965 was signed in response to coin shortages caused by the rising price of silver in terms of a devaluing U.S. dollar, the shortage of silver coins in 1965 was blamed on "Gresham's Law."

Gresham's Law is a monetary principle stating that "bad money drives out good." 

Money that has intrinsic value because it contains a precious metal will be over-valued and will leave the country or disappear from circulation due to hoarding.

While money that has no intrinsic value and is made of base metals or easily manufactured commodities is undervalued and will flood into circulation.                           - Sir Thomas Gresham (1519–1579)


After 1965, Gresham's Law was in full effect by Americans hoarding these old circulated silver coins.

Since 1970, after the last 40% Kennedy half dollars was minted, these silver coins have become increasingly harder to find.






Face Value vs. Intrinsic Value




The term "Face Value" is used Only in the terms of the Total Face Value of the Coins' themselves. 

Examples:

  • 10 dimes = Face Value of $1.00
  • 200 half dollars = Face Value of $100.00
  • 4000 quarters = Face Value of $1000.00

Junk Silver is often sold in bags of the Face Value's above. However, this is not the price you'll be paying when purchasing the coins; you'll be paying for the weight of the coins at Silver's Spot Price.




Silver Spot Price

The spot price for silver, is the price for a troy ounce of silver.

Junk silver coins have a silver alloy content ranging from 35%, 40% and 90%.

When you are pricing "Junk Silver", try not to let the "Face Value" confuse you with the real 'intrinsic' value of the Silver contained within the Bullion Coins.








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U.S. "Junk Silver Coins"



Directly below is a list of U.S. "Junk Silver" bullion coins. 

For each coin you will find a obverse and reverse photo, the coin's face value, total weight, purity, silver content, circulated mintage, and the name of the person who designed the coin.


Note: Mintage Figures do not include proof mintages.







FIVE CENTS





1942 - 1945 : War-Time Nickel


Face Value:..............FIVE CENTS

Total Weight:............5 grams

Purity.......................35% / 0.3500 silver

Silver Weight............1.75 grams / .0563 oz.

Metal Composition:...35% silver, 56% copper, 9% manganese

Circulated Mintage:...869,896,100

Designer:.................Felix 0. Schlag






ONE DIME





1892 - 1916 : Liberty Head "Barber" Dime


Face Value:..............ONE DIME

Total Weight:............2.50 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............2.25 grams / .0723 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...504,317,075

Designer:.................Charles E. Barber









1916 - 1945 : Winged Liberty Head
(Mercury) Dime


Face Value:..............ONE DIME

Total Weight:............2.50 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............2.25 grams / .0723 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...2,677,153,880

Designer:.................Adolph A. Weinman









1946 - 1964 : Roosevelt Dime


Face Value:..............ONE DIME

Total Weight:............2.50 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............2.25 grams / .0723 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...6,595,617,673

Designer:.................John R. Sinnock






QUARTER DOLLAR





1892 - 1916 : Liberty Head "Barber" Quarter


Face Value:..............QUARTER DOLLAR

Total Weight:............6.25 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............5.63 grams / .1808 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...264,670,880

Designer:.................Charles E. Barber









1916 - 1930 : Standing Liberty Quarter


Face Value:..............QUARTER DOLLAR

Total Weight:............6.25 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............5.63 grams / .1808 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...226,769,600

Designer:.................Hermon A. MacNeil









1932 - 1964 : Washington Quarter


Face Value:..............QUARTER DOLLAR

Total Weight:............6.25 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............5.63 grams / .1808 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...3,780,077,001

Designer:.................John Flanagan






HALF DOLLAR





1892 - 1915 : Liberty Head "Barber"
Half Dollar


Face Value:..............HALF DOLLAR

Total Weight:............12.50 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............11.25 grams / .36169 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...135,916,889

Designer:.................Charles E. Barber









1916 - 1947 : Walking Liberty Half Dollar


Face Value:..............HALF DOLLAR

Total Weight:............12.50 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............11.25 grams / .36169 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...485,320,340

Designer:.................Adolph A. Weinman









1948 - 1963 : Franklin Half Dollar


Face Value:..............HALF DOLLAR

Total Weight:............12.50 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............11.25 grams / .36169 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...465,814,455

Designer:.................John R. Sinnock









1964 : Kennedy Half Dollar


Face Value:..............HALF DOLLAR

Total Weight:............12.50 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............11.25 grams / .36169 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...429,509,450

Designer:.................Gilroy Roberts (obverse); Frank Gasparro (reverse)









1965 - 1970 : Kennedy Half Dollar


Face Value:..............HALF DOLLAR

Total Weight:............11.50 grams

Purity.......................40% / 0.400 silver

Silver Weight............4.60 grams / .14789 oz.

Metal Composition:...40% silver, 60% copper

Circulated Mintage:...848,895,006

Designer:.................Gilroy Roberts (obverse); Frank Gasparro (reverse)






ONE DOLLAR





1878 - 1921 : Morgan Dollar


Face Value:..............ONE DOLLAR

Total Weight:............26.73 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............24.057 grams / .77343 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...656,989,387

Designer:.................George T. Morgan









1921 - 1935 : Peace Dollar


Face Value:..............ONE DOLLAR

Total Weight:............26.73 grams

Purity.......................90% / 0.900 silver

Silver Weight............24.057 grams / .77343 oz.

Metal Composition:...90% silver, 10% copper

Circulated Mintage:...191,028,756

Designer:.................Anthony DeFrancisci







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