What Are My Old Silver Coins Worth?

By Kent Ninomiya
Old Silver Coins
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The United States government used to make nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins out of silver. The key is to accurately identify your old coins to determine how much silver is in them.

Silver Nickels

From mid-1942 until 1945, the U.S. government made nickels out of 35 percent silver. They are fairly common and not worth much more than face value. If they are in uncirculated condition they are worth a few dollars each.

Silver Dimes

All dimes minted in 1964 or earlier are made out of 90 percent silver. Most are worth a few dollars each. A 1916-D silver dime is worth more than $15,000 in uncirculated condition.

Silver Quarters

All quarters minted in 1964 or earlier are made out of 90 percent silver. The 1932-D and 1932-S quarters are worth more than $100 each, while common date silver quarters are worth about $12 each.

Silver Half Dollars

All half dollars minted in 1964 or earlier are made out of 90 percent silver. A 1916 S silver Walking Liberty half dollar could be worth as much as $4,000. Kennedy half dollars minted between 1965 and 1970 are made out of 40 percent silver. They are worth a few dollars each.

Silver Dollars

The U.S. Mint stopped making silver dollar coins in 1935. Even poor examples of common date coins are worth more than $20 each. An 1893-S Morgan silver dollar sold for more than $1 million in 2008.

About the Author

Kent Ninomiya is a TV news anchor and reporter who worked in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis and San Diego. He is a prolific writer and editor who pens articles on a wide range of subjects. He is the managing editor of Bellamax Media which owns websites such as PRESSthePOINT.com, FreeGoldTips.com, CopyOldVideo.com, EmergingDragon.com, TelevisionNewsAnchor.com, CrowdedPassport.com, PUNCHandKICK.com, and IwantTHEMfired.com. Kent Ninomiya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Social Sciences with an emphasis in History, Political Science and Mass Communications. He was a fellow of Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute. He is an avid traveler who lived abroad in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is a lifelong martial artist who holds black belts in karate, tae kwon do, and hapkido. His hobbies include photography, numismatics, scuba diving & fitness.