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Junk Silver Facts

Circulated, pre-1965, U.S., 90% silver dimes, quarters and half-dollars are referred to as 'junk silver' because they cannot be considered numismatic or collectible. This is also the reason we think junk silver is a great way to buy silver. When first minted, a $1,000 face bag of 90% coins contained 723 ounces of silver. Because of wear, a bag of dimes or quarters will now net about 715 ounces of pure silver when melted.

Junk silver coins are a 'finite commodity.' They are no longer being made, and many of the bags have been melted down over the years. Since the late 1960's, it is legal to melt down junk U.S. silver coin. Some people would question whether the old U.S. silver coin would not be recognized. If that were true, you would find them in your pocket change, but you don’t... everyone realizes they have a value in excess of their legal tender value due to the silver content.

Why Should I Buy Junk Silver Coins?

In the past, junk silver coins served as legal tender for everyday necessities like food, clothing and even gasoline. These days, people purchase junk silver for both investment and survival purposes. Here are some of the benefits of owning junk silver:

Junk Silver is the real thing

The dimes, quarters and half-dollars made by the U.S. Mint prior to 1965 are instantly recognized as ‘the real thing.’ They don’t need to be assayed to determine their precious metals’ content; they don’t need to be appraised by an expert to tell you what grade they are. Virtually anywhere you go, you can find a buyer who knows that a $100 face-value bag of these coins contains 71.5 ounces of pure silver and will pay you accordingly.

Junk Silver is readily divisible

A bag of these coins is easily and instantly divisible. These 90% pure silver coins really can work as ‘pocket change.’ Try doing that with a one-ounce gold coin or 100-ounce bar of silver.

Junk Silver has never been confiscated

For anyone who worries that the U.S. government may once again try to confiscate gold in the United States – as Franklin Roosevelt did back in 1933 – here’s a reassuring fact: silver coins have never been subject to confiscation. You do not have to disclose your ownership to anyone or any government. You don’t need to lie about owning them.

Junk Silver is extra convenient

Most dealers sell these coins in $1,000 face value bags. We do too, of course. Plus, we also break these bags down into 10 bags of $100 face-value coins, making them much more affordable. (They are also easier to store and, when it comes time to sell, easier to liquidate.) We recommend that every family own a few of them.
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