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 90% Silver Coins

90% Silver Coins

Buy 90% Junk Silver Coins

Buying 90% Junk Silver Coins is one of the most popular ways to invest in silver bullion without having to pay the high premiums demanded by silver coins.  Goldmart’s selection of denominations and designs to choose from consist of Franklin, Kennedy, and Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Washington Quarter Dollars, and Mercury and Roosevelt Dimes that, combined with different years and mint-marks, can make it a fun way to not only invest in silver but to collect silver.  Also, the coin dies sometimes had small imperfections or blemishes in them that transferred to the coins during minting to create different variations or types to collect.

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90% Silver Quarter and Dime Coins $1 Face Value

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90% Silver Mercury Dime Coins $1 Face Value

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90% Silver Roosevelt Dime Coins $1 Face Value

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90% Silver Washington Quarter Coins $1 Face Value

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90% Silver Half Dollar Coins $1 Face Value

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90% Silver Franklin Half Dollar Coins $1 Face Value

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90% Silver Kennedy Half Dollar Coins $1 Face Value

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90% Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Coins $1 Face Value

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What Exactly are 90% Junk Silver Coins?

90% Silver is a straightforward term that refers to circulating United States coins including dimes, quarter dollars, and half dollars minted before 1965 that are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. It is sometimes used interchangeably with Junk Silver, which refers to United States coins that contain 35% silver (war-time nickels minted from 1942 to 1945), 40% silver (half-dollars and silver dollars minted post-1964), and 90% silver. In contrast to 90% Silver and Junk Silver, silver bullion coins are typically made of 99.9% pure silver. Coins that are 90% Silver are still legal tender, but they are more valued as investor or collector pieces because their precious metal content is worth more than their face value. For this reason, many coin collectors and investors are keen on acquiring them and even spend time sorting through rolls of dimes, quarters, and halves from banks.

How much Silver is in 90% Junk Silver?

When originally minted, 90% Silver Coins were comprised of 0.723 troy ounces of pure silver in each $1 face value.  However, these coins received wear and tear throughout decades of circulation and thus their actual silver content slightly diminished.  In the precious metals industry when buying and selling 90% silver, it is customarily accepted that $1 face value of any 90% Junk Silver Coin denomination consists of, on average, 0.715 troy ounces of pure silver.

Why do People Invest in 90% Junk Silver?

New collectors, seasoned investors, and year-around survivalists all share the same value of silver as an asset but may hold different reasons for selecting 90% Junk Silver instead of silver coins, bars, or rounds.

Collectors that have caught the silver bug and are new to numismatics may appreciate the thrill of the hunt in searching through 90% Junk Silver for better-dates or rare mint marks.  They may even submit such sought after coins to NGC or PCGS for authentication and grading services.

Investors that want to purchase silver bullion near its spot price select 90% Junk Silver because of its low premiums compared to bars, coins, and rounds.  90% Junk Silver has historically had the lowest premiums on average but has also exhibited large price swings due to supply and demand during volatile markets.  Also, investors appreciate the discretion to buy as little or as much as they want in one transaction.

Survivalists stock-pile 90% Junk Silver alongside dehydrated food, water purifiers, generators, and ammunition and favor it for its potential at effective bargaining.  Each denomination contains fractional weights of silver that will allow business to be transacted effectively.

90% Silver Half Dollars

Half dollars, halves, or 50-cent pieces are names used interchangeably to refer to 90% Silver Coins containing 0.3575 troy ounces of silver each.  When you buy $1 face value of 90% Silver Half Dollars, you will receive two coins that may include the following designs:

  • Walking Liberty Half Dollars—Sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s modern and beautiful design of Lady Liberty walking while draped in a flag replaced Charles E. Barber’s half dollar in 1916 and would be minted into circulation until 1947.  The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was so treasured that its obverse was adopted by the United States Mint in 1986 for its American Silver Eagle Coin suite.
  • Franklin Half Dollars—Minted from 1948 to 1963 by the US Mint in Philadelphia (no mint mark), San Francisco (‘S’ mint mark), and Denver (‘D’ mint mark), this fifty-cent piece celebrates Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of the United States of America.  John R. Sinnock, the 8th Chief Engraver, designed the obverse of Benjamin Franklin and, with the assistance of Gilroy Roberts, designed the Liberty Bell with an eagle on the reverse.
  • 1964 Kennedy Half Dollars—Congress authorized this half dollar to memorialize the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  It features the left-facing image of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the obverse and the modified Presidential Seal on the reverse.  Although Kennedy Halves were placed into circulation from 1964 to present, they only contained 90% silver in their initial year of mintage.  From 1965 to 1970, the coins were silver-clad and contained only 40% silver.  Thereafter, from 1971 to present, circulating strikes contained no silver and were instead copper-nickel clad.

90% Silver Quarter Dollars

Just as a one dollar bill can be broken to make change, $1 Face Value of 90% Junk Silver can also be broken down into four quarter dollars, each containing approximately 0.17875 troy ounces of pure silver. 

There have been many collectible issuances of 25-cent pieces including Christian Gobrecht’s Seated Liberty Quarters minted from 1838 until 1891, Barber Quarters struck from 1892 to 1916, and Standing Liberty Quarters that were placed into circulation from 1916 through 1930.  However, it is the Washington Quarter that debuted in 1932 and continues to be minted today that comes to mind when investors think of 90% Silver Quarter Dollars.   

  • Washington Quarter Dollars—Congress memorialized the bicentennial celebration of the birth of the first president of the United States, George Washington, with the Washington Quarter Dollar.  The obverse features sculptor John Flanagan’s left-facing profile of George modeled after Jean-Antoine Houdon’s bust of Washington.  The reverse depicts a left-facing, perched bald eagle.   

90% Silver Dimes

10-cent pieces are a must-have of survivalists because $1 Face Value consists of ten coins each containing only 0.0715 troy ounces of silver that provide the most flexibility when bartering or purchasing with.

  • Mercury Dimes—While officially known as Winged Liberty Head Dimes, they were commonly referred to as Mercury Dimes.  This confusion is largely due to Adolph A. Weinman’s depiction of Liberty donning a winged Phrygian cap that closely resembled the Roman god Mercury who sported a similar winged hat.  The reverse is decorated with a both a fasces, or axe within a bundle of rods, that symbolizes unity and power and with an olive branch that symbolizes peace. Mercury Dimes were minted into circulation for commerce between 1916 and 1945.
  • Roosevelt Dimes—Roosevelt Dimes are the current ten-cent piece of United States coinage.  However, only those minted between 1946 and 1964 are 90% silver.  The U.S. Mint quickly approved of portraying Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the dime to honor him after his passing in 1945.  Coincidently there could be no person better suited for the coin since it was FDR who helped to create the March of Dimes. 

Buy 90% Junk Silver from Goldmart

Goldmart has an extensive selection of United States 90% Silver Coins in half dollar, quarter dollar, and dime denominations. Our company is a trusted dealer of low-cost precious metals and we competitively try to provide the best prices to our clients.

Place your order today and add 90% Silver Coins to your asset portfolio or coin collection.