USA Coin Facts




Junk Silver.
until 1964 all silver coins (apart from nickels) circulating in the United States contained 90% silver. As the intrinsic value of the coins exceeded the face value the United States government converted the dime and quarter to so called 'clad' coinage in 1965 which contained no silver. The silver content of half dollars was reduced to 40% from 1965 to 1970 when they too were converted to 'clad' and contained no silver. In World War 2 nickels were produced with 35% silver to preserve the nickel that they usually included for use in armor plating to help the war effort.


War Nickles 1942-1945,  Silver content weight 0.0563 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Mercury Dime 1916-1945, Silver content weight 0.0723 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Roosevelt Dime 1946-1964, Silver content weight 0.0723 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Standing Liberty Quarter 1916-1930, Silver content weight 0.1808 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm 

Washington Quarter 1932-1964, Silver content weight 0.1808 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1916-1947, Silver content weight 0.3617 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Franklin Half Dollar 1948-1963, Diameter mm, Thickness mm
Silver content weight 0.3617 oz

Kennedy Half Dollar 90% 1964, Silver content weight 0.3617 ozDiameter mm, Thickness mm

Kennedy Half Dollar 40% 1965-1970, Silver content weight 0.1479 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Morgan Dollar 1878-1921, Silver content weight 0.7735 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Peace Dollar 1921-1935, Silver content weight 0.7735 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm

Dollar 1971-1976, Silver content weight 0.7735 oz
Diameter mm, Thickness mm



.999 US Silver Eagle Coins
The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. It is struck only in the one-troy ounce size which has a nominal face value of one dollar and is guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver.



Silver Eagle 1986-present, Silver content weight 1 oz
Diameter 40.6mm, Thickness 2.98mm











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