Melt Values Calculator for 1892-1976 US Silver Coins

Below is a calculator that will provide melt values for US coins from 1892-1976 that contain silver. The melt values calculated are compliments of the site Silver Coin Melt Values. Information about the silver coins is also provided further below. For details about modern U.S. Mint coins and products, visit this site’s US Coins page. To use the calculator, enter the amount of coins you have in the yellow fields. When you tab out of a field, the coins’ melt values will automatically be calculated.

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Melt Values updated on: 5/23/2017 4:58:58 PM EST
US Spot Silver:
US Silver Coins Year Composition Weight (g) ASW (oz.) Face Values Quantity Silver Melt Values
Jefferson Wartime Nickels 1942-1945 30% Silver 5.000 0.05626 $0.05
Barber Dimes 1892-1916 90% Silver 2.500 0.07234 $0.10
Mercury Dimes 1916-1945 90% Silver 2.500 0.07234 $0.10
Roosevelt Dimes 1946-1964 90% Silver 2.500 0.07234 $0.10
Barber Quarters 1892-1916 90% Silver 6.250 0.18084 $0.25
Standing Liberty Quarters 1916-1930 90% Silver 6.250 0.18084 $0.25
Washington Quarters 1932-1964 90% Silver 6.250 0.18084 $0.25
Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915 90% Silver 12.500 0.36169 $0.50
Walking Liberty Half Dollars 1916-1947 90% Silver 12.500 0.36169 $0.50
Franklin Half Dollars 1948-1963 90% Silver 12.500 0.36169 $0.50
Kennedy Half Dollars 1964 90% Silver 12.500 0.36169 $0.50
Kennedy Half Dollars 1965-1970 40% Silver 11.500 0.14790 $0.50
Morgan Dollars 1878-1921 90% Silver 26.730 0.77344 $1.00
Peace Dollars 1921-1935 90% Silver 26.730 0.77344 $1.00
Eisenhower Dollars 1971-1976 40% Silver 24.590 0.31610 $1.00
American Silver Eagles 1986- 99.9% Silver 31.101 1.00000 $1.00
ATB 5 Oz. Silver Coins 2010- 99.9% Silver 155.362 5.00000 $0.25
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US Silver Coins Information

Brief details on each of the US silver coins above are provided in the columns below.

Jefferson Wartime Nickels

Years Struck: 1942 through 1945 Silver Content: 35% / 0.05626 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver (mintmark above Monticello dome on reverse)

Jefferson Wartime Nickels, named after the obverse portrait of President Thomas Jefferson, appeared during World War II and replaced previous Jefferson Nickels which had been struck from a composition including the metal nickel. Owing to the demand for that metal for war purposes, the five cent piece was changed to a composition including 35% silver (with 56% copper and 9% manganese). Of note, larger mintmarks were used on these strikes to indicate they were composed of silver and to make them easier to identify for removal from circulation after the war. It also marked the first time the mintmark of 'P' was used to indicate strikes from the Philadelphia Mint. The reverse includes an image of Monticello, the home of Jefferson.

     

Mercury Dimes

Years Struck:1916 through 1945 Silver Content: 90% / 0.07234 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (mintmark on reverse to the left of the fasces)

Mercury Dimes replaced the previous Barber Dimes in 1916 and were struck until 1945, being replaced themselves by the Roosevelt Dime. Struck from standard 90% silver, the coins take their name from the image shown on the obverse. The design actually depicts Liberty with a winged cap, but many thought it represented the Roman god Mercury and thus nick-named the coin accordingly. Shown on the reverse is a fasces (a bundle of sticks with an ax-blade protruding from them to symbolize strength and unity) wrapped with an olive branch to represent peace.

     

Roosevelt Dimes

Years Struck:1946 through 1964 Silver Content: 90% / 0.07234 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (mintmark on reverse to the left of the torch)

Roosevelt Dimes are named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt whose portrait appears on the the obverse. His likeness first graced the dime just nine months after his death, indicative of how fast both Congress and the US Mint acted to place his image on the strike. The reverse depicts a torch, olive branch, and oak branch symbolizing liberty, peace, and victory. Like previous dimes and other silver coins of the age, the Roosevelt Dimes were struck from 90% silver from their introduction until being replaced by a clad composition in 1965.

 

Barber Quarters

Years Struck: 1892 through 1916 Silver Content: 90% / 0.18084 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco (mintmark on reverse below eagle)

The Barber Quarters were first released in 1892 along with new dimes and half dollar coins. All three denominations were designed by the same individual, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint Charles E. Barber and shared the same basic obverse designs. That obverse depicts a Liberty Head with cap and wreath. The reverse of this quarter dollar and the associated half dollar shows a heraldic eagle. Each of these coins was struck from 90% silver like other circulating coinage from the US Mint of the period.

     

Standing Liberty Quarters

Years Struck: 1916 through 1930 Silver Content: 90% / 0.18084 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (mintmark on obverse to the left of date)

Standing Liberty Quarter Dollars were first issued by the United States Mint in 1916 and replaced the previous Barber Quarters. Like those Barbers, the Standing Liberty Coins were each composed of 90% silver totaling 0.18084 ounces of the precious metal. The strikes take their name from the obverse image depicting an image of Liberty, standing. Shown on the reverse of the coin is a flying eagle. Both were designed by Hermon A. MacNeil.

 

Washington Quarters

Years Struck: 1932 through 1964 Silver Content: 90% / 0.18084 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (mintmark on reverse below wreath)

Washington Quarters first appeared from the US Mint in 1932 as part of a bicentennial celebration commemorating two hundred years since the birth of the first President of the United States, George Washington. His image, by John Flanagan, graces the obverse of each quarter dollar. The reverse shows a perched eagle with its wings spread. The Washington Quarters were struck from 90% silver from their introduction through 1964, after which they replaced by clad composition Washington Quarters.

     

Barber Half Dollars

Years Struck: 1892 through 1915 Silver Content: 90% / 0.36169 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco (mintmark on reverse below eagle)

Like the Barber Dimes and Barber Quarters also introduced in 1892, the Barber Half Dollars were designed by Chief Engraver of the United States Mint Charles E. Barber. The design shown on the obverse is a Liberty Head and also appears on the associated dimes and quarter dollars. The reverse depicts a heraldic eagle and may be found on the Barber Quarter as well. Each Barber Half Dollar contains 0.36169 ounces of silver with a composition of 90% of the precious metal. The remaining 10% is copper.

 

Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Years Struck: 1916 through 1947 Silver Content: 90% / 0.36169 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (1916-1917 mintmark on obverse under IN GOD WE TRUST, 1917-1947 on reverse to left of eagle)

Walking Liberty Half Dollars replaced the previous Barber Half Dollars beginning in 1916. Like those previous strikes, the Walking Liberty Half Dollars are each composed of 90% silver and contain 0.36169 ounces of the precious metal. The coins are named for the obverse image of Walking Liberty as designed by artist Adolph. A. Weinman. This design has come to be considered one of the most beautiful ever struck on an American coin. The reverse shows a bald eagle rising from its perch.

     

Franklin Half Dollars

Years Struck: 1948 through 1963 Silver Content: 90% / 0.36169 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (mintmark on reverse above bell)

Franklin Half Dollars were created at the request of US Mint Director Nellie Tayloe Ross who sought for a coin depicting American founding father Benjamin Franklin. As it has been more than twenty-five years since the introduction of the last half dollar (the Walking Liberty), a new half dollar could be created without Congressional approval. To that end, US Mint Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock created the obverse portrait of Franklin and a reverse depicting the cracked Liberty Bell. Like previous half dollars, the Franklin Coin was composed of 90% silver and totaled 0.36169 ounces of the precious metal.

 

Kennedy Half Dollars (90% Silver)

Years Struck: 1964 Silver Content: 90% / 0.36169 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (mintmark on reverse to left of eagle)

Kennedy Half Dollars were introduced by the United States Mint just months after the death of President John F. Kennedy whose portrait appears on the obverse of the strike. His assassination led Congress to direct his likeness be placed on the coin. Accordingly, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint Gilroy Roberts created the portrait of Kennedy based on a medal he had earlier sculpted. The reverse shows a modified Presidential Seal as designed by Frank Gasparro. The 90% silver Kennedy Half Dollar was just struck with the 1964 date. Subsequent strikes were minted from 40% silver through 1970 after which they were replaced with clad.

     

Kennedy Half Dollars (40% Silver)

Years Struck: 1965 through 1970 Silver Content: 40% / 0.1479 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (no mintmark 1965-1967, below portrait on obverse from 1968 on)

Kennedy Half Dollars struck from 1965 through 1970 were composed of 40% silver totaling 0.1479 ounces of the precious metal. They replaced the 90% silver Kennedy Half Dollar struck in 1964 but contained the same obverse and reverse imagery. This included an obverse portrait of John F. Kennedy by Gilroy Roberts and a reverse depiction of the Presidential Seal by Frank Gasparro. After 1970, Kennedy Half Dollars were still struck but were composed of a clad composition instead of silver.

 

Morgan Dollars

Years Struck: 1878 through 1921 Silver Content: 90% / 0.77344 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, Denver, San Francisco (when present, mintmark located on reverse below wreath)

Morgan Dollars were struck by the United States Mint from 1878 through 1904 and then again in 1921. They are named for their designer, George T. Morgan, US Mint Assistant Engraver. Congress authorized the striking of new silver dollars with the passage of the Bland-Allison Act. The obverse of each Morgan Dollar depicts a left-facing portrait of Liberty. The reverse shows an eagle with its wings spread and in its talons are clasped arrows and an olive branch. Each Morgan Dollar was struck from 90% silver and contained 0.77344 ounces of the precious metal.

     

Peace Dollars

Years Struck: 1921 through 1935 Silver Content: 90% / 0.77344 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco (when present, mintmark located on obverse below the word ONE)

Peace Dollars replaced the Morgan Dollars in 1921 and were struck through 1935. Like the Morgan coins, each Peace Dollar was struck from 90% silver and contained 0.77344 ounces of the precious metal. The obverse and reverse designs were completed by Anthony de Francisci with the obverse showing a left-facing portrait of Liberty. The reverse depicts a perched eagle with the word PEACE inscribed below it. That inscription led to the nickname for the strikes and was included to reflect the sentiment in the country at the time following World War I.

 

Eisenhower Dollars

Years Struck: 1971 through 1976 Silver Content: 40% / 0.3161 oz. Minting Facilities: San Francisco (located below portrait on obverse)

Eisenhower Dollars were first struck from 40% silver in 1971 along with clad counterparts. The silver varieties were produced through a special United States Bicentennial issue in 1976 and then discontinued. The clad Eisenhower Dollars appeared for two more years. Shown on the obverse is a portrait of President and General of the US Army Dwight D. Eisenhower by Frank Gasparro. The reverse, also by Gasparro shows an eagle landing on the moon emblematic of the Apollo 11 mission insignia except for the bicentennial issue which depicts a Dennis R. Williams of the Liberty Bell in front of the moon.

     

American Silver Eagles

Years Struck: 1986 through present Silver Content: 99.9% / 1.0 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia, San Francisco, West Point (when present, on reverse below Eagle)

American Silver Eagles debuted in 1986 as bullion coins produced by the US Mint. That same year also saw the release of Proof Silver Eagles struck for collectors with Uncirculated Silver Eagles making their first appearance twenty years later. Each coin is struck from one ounce of .999 fine silver. Shown on the obverse is a version of Adolph A. Weinman's Walking Liberty design first seen on the 1916-1947 half dollar coin. The reverse shows John Mercanti's heraldic eagle with shield.

 

America the Beautiful 5 Oz. Silver Coins

Years Struck: 2010 through present Silver Content: 99.9% / 5.0 oz. Minting Facilities: Philadelphia (when present, on the obverse to the right of the portrait)

America the Beautiful 5 Oz. Silver Coins first appeared with 2010-dated strikes. The coins are struck to both bullion and uncirculated conditions from five ounces of .999 fine silver to a diameter of three inches. The designs for the coins are taken from a series of circulating coins known as the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. This includes the same obverse portrait on all related strikes of George Washington by John Flanagan and reverse designs emblematic of selected sites of national interest from around the United States and its territories. Five new coins are issued in each series annually. Of note, the bullion coins contain no mintmark whereas the uncirculated coins show a 'P' mintmark on their obverse.