Complete Guide to Junk Silver Coins

 
 

Complete Guide to Junk Silver Coins

Junk silver, or junk coins, refers to circulated coins that were minted in the past (pre-1964) and have relatively little numismatic value or historical significance. Instead, they are valued for their silver content. These coins are typically made of 90% silver or higher, with the remaining percentage usually consisting of copper. Junk silver that contains less than 90% silver also exists, such as Kennedy Half Dollars struck between 1965-1970, which are 40% silver.  Junk silver is also generally characterized as being common date examples in conditions below what is considered collectible for that type of coin. 

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Questions People Ask About the U.S. Mint

Discover the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the U.S. Mint and more from our team at ModernCoinMart!

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W Mint Mark Circulating Quarter Collectible

To celebrate the 96th annual National Coin Week, in 2019, the United States Mint released West Point Mint mark quarters into circulation for the very first time! In total, 10 million quarters, two million of each America the Beautiful Quarter, bearing the “W” mint mark will be mixed into circulation for lucky change holders everywhere to seek out.

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Interview With Joel Iskowitz: An American Narrative Artist and Coin Designer

Read an interview with American Narrative Artist and Coin Designer Joel Iskowitz!  Joel Iskowitz is one of the most prolific and accomplished American artists working today.  He has created countless artworks from coins, stamps, and medals to paintings, album covers, and book and magazine illustrations.

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New Reverse Designs Coming to American Silver and Gold Eagles in 2021

In October of 2019, U.S Mint officials announced that they will be introducing new designs for the American Silver Eagle and American Gold Eagle at some point in mid-2021.

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American Eagle Coins: An Overview of the U.S Mint’s Quintessential Series

Today, the Silver Eagle and the related American Eagle coin series enjoy a reputation as leading issues in the precious metals space. These coins are popular with numismatic collectors and stackers all over the world. They are one of the most trusted and coveted government-backed precious metals issues in the numismatic realm.

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2016 Proof American Silver Eagle Coins

ModernCoinMart is proud to sell the 2016 Proof American Silver Eagles. 2016 is a major year for Proof American Silver Eagle series. Not only does 2016 mark the 30th anniversary, but the “30th ANNIVERSARY” is actually struck onto the coin with incused edge lettering! This unique feature and important date are not something collectors should miss out on.

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1906 Barber Design Double Eagle

The 1906 Barber Design 1 oz. Silver Smithsonian Proof was issued by a privately held mint in 2009. This collector issue silver commemorative bears the designs of a man that took exception when a U.S. President – for the first time ever – took an active role in the design of U.S. coinage.

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Emily Damstra: The New Silver Eagle Reverse Designer

The Silver Eagle reverse is a favorite among coin collectors and has been wildly popular since its initial release in 1986. The original Silver Eagle design, now dubbed the Type-1 design, features a heraldic eagle on the reverse designed by former United States Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti and an obverse that features Adolph Weinman’s famous Walking Liberty design. Minted from 1916 through 1947, the Walking Liberty design is considered one of the most beautiful

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Adolph Weinman and His Numismatic Legacy

Adolph Weinman’s numismatic legacy cannot be understated. His designs were and continue to be some of the most recognizable and prized among collectors, such as the obverse of the beloved American Silver Eagle, and both faces of the recently debuted American Palladium Eagle series, which is getting its first uncirculated issue in September 2020.

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