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How much silver is in my United States coin?

Many commonly circulated US silver coins dated 1964 or older contain a percentage of silver. The following chart details approximate silver content for such coins:

United States Coin
Dates

Silver (%)

Silver (ozt.)

Nickel
1942-1945

35%

.0563

Dime – “Barber”
1892-1916

90%

.0723

Dime –  “Mercury”
1916-1945

90%

.0723

Dime – Roosevelt
1946-1964

90%

.0723

Quarter – “Barber”
1892-1916

90%

.1809

Quarter – Standing Liberty
1916-1945

90%

.1809

Quarter – Washington
1932, ’34-64

90%

.1809

Half Dollar – “Barber”
1892-1915

90%

.3600

Half Dollar – Walking Liberty
1916-1947

90%

.3600

Half Dollar – Franklin
1948-1963

90%

.3600

Half Dollar – Kennedy
1964

90%

.3600

Half Dollar – Kennedy
1965-1970

40%

.1479

Dollar – Morgan
1878-1921

90%

.7735

Dollar – Peace
’21-28, ’34-35

90%

.7735

Any combination of 90% silver US coins which have a face value of $1.00 contains .715 troy ounces of 99.9% silver (slightly higher – .7234 if uncirculated). A face value of $1.40 of 90% silver coins is needed to achieve a full troy ounce of 99.9% silver. For approximate values of United States silver coins, see our Silver Value Guide.

American Silver Eagles

The official silver bullion coin of the United States is the American Silver Eagle. It contains one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Mintages for ASEs are as follows:

Year
Bullion
Proof
Uncirculated
1986
5,393,005
1,446,778
1987
11,442,335
904,732
1988
5,004,646
557,370
1989
5,203,327
617,694
1990
5,840,110
695,510
1991
7,191,066
511,925
1992
5,540,068
498,654
1993
6,763,762
405,913
1994
4,227,319
372,168
1995
4,672,051
438,511
1995-W
30,125
1996
3,603,386
500,000
1997
4,295,004
435,368
1998
4,847,549
450,000
1999
7,408,640
549,796
2000
9,239,132
600,000
2001
9,001,711
746,398
2002
10,539,026
647,342
2003
8,495,008
747,831
2004
8,882,754
801,602
2005
8,891,025
816,663
2006
10,676,522
1,092,477
466,573
2007
9,028,036
821,759
621,333
2008
20,583,000
700,979
533,757
2009
30,459,000
Not offered
Not offered
2010
34,764,500
860,000
Not offered

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