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Which Quarters Are Silver?

If you are looking to acquire silver in the form of U.S. quarters, you need to look for quarters minted in 1964 or earlier. These coins were struck in 90% silver and have a melt value significantly higher than their face value. Silver quarters, like all 90% silver U.S. coins, are sometimes referred to as “junk silver,” but do not be put off by this term. Junk silver can be an excellent way to begin investing in silver, as these coins are available, accessible and their metal content gives them a considerable melt value.


Quarter Years That Contain Silver

Determining if a given quarter is a 90% silver quarter is simple. Just look for:

  • The mintage year. A Washington quarter dated 1964 or earlier has a 90% silver metal content.
  • Slightly different coloration. While the mintage year is the most important clue, the particular luster of 90% silver will confirm a coin’s metal content.
  • The edge should be silver all the way through, with no telltale line of a different metal sandwiched inside.


Quarter Value

For collectors, there are some quarters with silver numismatic value, but silver investors’ primary interest in silver quarters will be as junk silver, based on their metal content. While any savvy buyer must know the basics of junk silver and what year quarters are silver, knowing that APMEX has every buyer covered makes buying junk silver fun. Acquiring 90% silver Washington Quarters is easy when you shop with APMEX.


United States Mint Quarters

The U.S. Mint used silver in quarters from 1796 until 1964. While you can still find rare quarters produced prior to 1932 that contain silver, the series most commonly found today is the Washington Quarter. Featuring a heraldic eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch as the reverse image, these quarters contain 90% silver and 10% copper. This equates to a total of 0.180848 ounces of silver in each coin.

Minted from 1932 to 1964, the silver Washington Quarters will vary in collectible value depending on the production year and mint location. During 32 years of production, there were several periods when certain mints did not strike any quarters that contained silver. For example, the San Francisco Mint produced no quarters from 1934 to 1949, and none at all were issued in 1933.

Quick Guides to Investing

Step 1:

Why Buy Physical Gold and Silver?

If you are concerned about the volatility of the stock market, you’re not alone. The extreme highs and lows of the stock market often lead investors towards safe-haven assets, like bullion. Historically, the Precious Metals market has an inverse relationship with the stock market, meaning that when stocks are up, bullion is down and vice versa.

Step 2:

How Much Gold and Silver Should You Have?

This question is one of the most important for investors to answer. After all, experts suggest limits on how much of any types of investments should go into a portfolio. After deciding to purchase and own Precious Metals and considering how much money to allocate, one can then think about how much and what to buy at any point in time.

Step 3:

Which Precious Metals Should I Buy?

With the frequent changes in the market and countless Precious Metal products available, choosing investments can be difficult. Some want Gold or Silver coins, rounds or bars while others want products that are valuable because of their design, mintage or other collectible qualities. Also, collectors may shop for unique sets and individual pieces for their collections.

Step 4:

When to Buy Gold & Silver

After considering why, how much, and what Precious Metals products to buy, an investor’s next step is when to buy them. This decision requires an understanding of market trends and the impact of economic factors on precious metal prices.

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