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Silver Coins of the United States

US Silver Coins have been made in a variety of denominations during the history of United States Coinage.

They range in size from three cents to one dollar, with many varieties for most denominations, making them interesting to a wide range of collectors.

The seven denominations of US Silver Coins include three cent pieces, half dimes, dimes, twenty cent pieces, quarters, half dollars and dollars.

The wartime nickel of 1942 to 1945 could also be added to this list as a collectible silver coin considering that it was made of an alloy containing 35% silver.

Up until 1965, all United States dimes, quarter dollars and half dollars were made of 90% silver and 10% copper. The Coinage Act of 1965 changed the compositions of these coins to reduce or eliminate their silver content because the price of silver had risen above the face value of the coins.

Dimes and quarters were replaced with clad coinage that was a 75% copper/25% nickel outer layer bonded to an inner core of pure copper.

The 90% silver content of the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar was reduced between 1965 and 1970 to a net composition of 40% silver with outer layers of 80% silver/20% copper bonded to an inner core of .209 silver and .791 copper.

The silver content was completely eliminated in 1971 when half dollars and dollars met the same fate the dimes and quarters had in 1965.

A collectible silver coin was made from 1971 to 1976 however. Eisenhower Dollars containing a net composition of 40% silver were made especially for collectors. Coins released for circulation during this time were of the copper/nickel clad variety.

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American Silver Eagle


Currently, US silver coins are made only for collectors and investors in the form of Silver Bullion Coins. such as

the $1 American Silver Eagle, and Commemorative Coins .

Commemorative Coins are made to celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions.

Both bullion and commemorative coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation as their metal content is worth much more than their face value.

Below you will find a list of US Silver Coins. Clicking the links will take you to more information and images of these collectible silver coins as that information is added to the site.

US Silver Coins

    Three-cent Silver Piece - 1851-1873 WWII Silver Jefferson Nickels - 1942-1945 Half Dimes - 1794-1873
      Flowing Hair Half Dime - 1794-1795 Draped Bust Half Dime - 1796-1797 Capped Bust Half Dime - 1829-1837 Liberty Seated Half Dime - 1837-1873
    Bust Dime - 1796-1837 Liberty Seated Dime - 1837-1891 Barber or Liberty Head Dime - 1892-1916 Mercury or Winged Liberty Head Dime - 1916-1945 Roosevelt Dime - 1946-1964 Liberty Seated Twenty Cent Piece - 1875-1878 Draped Bust Quarter - 1796-1807 Capped Bust Quarter - 1815-1838 Liberty Seated Quarter - 1838-1891 Barber or Liberty Head Quarter - 1892-1916 Washington Quarter - 1932-1964 Flowing Hair Half Dollar - 1794-1795 Draped Bust Half Dollar - 1796-1807 Capped Bust Half Dollar - 1807-1839 Liberty Seated Half Dollar - 1839-1891 Barber or Liberty Head Half Dollar - 1892-1915 Walking Liberty Half Dollar - 1916-1947 Franklin Half Dollar - 1948-1963 Kennedy Half Dollar - 1964, silver clad - 1965-1970 Flowing Hair Dollar - 1794-1795 Draped Bust Dollar - 1795-1804 Gobrecht Dollar - 1836-1839 Liberty Seated Dollar - 1840-1873 Trade Dollar - 1873-1885 Morgan Dollar - 1878-1921 Peace Dollar - 1921-1935 Eisenhower Dollar - silver clad, 1971-1976

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