From the moment the United States Mint began issuing silver coins into circulation in the 1790s right through to the 20th century in 1964, all of the coins the US produced had 90% silver content included. Today, surviving specimens from this era that were heavily used in circulation are often referred to as junk silver because the collectible value of the designs is gone. However, that doesn’t mean the silver value of the coins is gone. Today, 90% Silver Coins in a $1 Face Value allotment are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside of plastic bags!
- Possibly includes a mixture of US dimes and US quarters!
- Available date marks run from the mid-1790s to 1964!
- Consists of .07234 Troy ounces of actual silver content per dime or .18084 Troy ounces of actual silver content per quarter.
- The face values of $.10 (USD) and $.25 (USD) are fully backed by the United States government.
- The obverse features either an effigy or an American president.
- On the reverse is the American bald eagle or other national symbolism.
- Please keep in mind you could receive all dimes, all quarters, or a mixture to make up $1 (USD) face value in this listing.
By the 1960s, the price of silver had risen high enough that the value of coins in circulation in the United States far exceeded the precious metal value of the silver content in each one. For the vast majority of history, US silver coins were produced with 90% silver content and a core of 10% copper that helped to create a more durable product for use in circulation.
All of the 90% Silver Coins that make up this $1 Face Value listing are either US dimes or US quarters. Date marks on both do not go beyond 1964, the last year in which the US issued 90% silver coins into circulation. You will find a wide range of designs possible on both the obverse and reverse of the coins you receive in this listing. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee what designs, date marks, or even denominations you receive in this listing. Based on availability in our warehouse, you may receive a $1 Face Value of all US dimes, all US quarters, or a mixture of the two denominations.
The obverse face of most of the coins will feature Lady Liberty. For example, from 1892 to 1916, both the dime and quarter had the right-profile bust of Lady Liberty created by US Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber. In 1916, the dime adopted the Winged Liberty image from Adolph A. Weinman, while the quarter adopted the new Standing Liberty design from Hermon Atkins MacNeil.
On the reverse side of the coins in this listing, you are most likely to find one of a number of different depictions of the American eagle. This does, however, depend on the denomination. The smaller surface area of the US dime has always resulted in a unique image. The Barber Coinage featured only the denomination surrounded by a wreath for the dime, while the quarter featured a version of the American heraldic eagle.
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