Silver quarters are a great way for investors to get started with silver. If you’re thinking about coin collecting, you can’t go wrong with silver quarters either.
There’s a few different silver quarter designs minted by the U.S. Mint that are 90% silver. Those include;
- Draped Bust Silver Quarters – (1796-1807)
- Capped Bust Silver Quarters – (1815-1838)
- Seated Liberty Silver Quarters – (1838-1891)
- Barber Silver Quarters – (1892-1916)
- Standing Liberty Silver Quarters – (1916-1930)
- Washington Silver Quarters – (1932-1964)
The U.S. Mint began producing 90% silver quarters in 1792 and continued to do so up to 1964. These coins contain 90% silver and 10% copper, hence the 90% reference.
Throughout the history of the U.S. Mint producing silver coins, silver content has varied from 35-90 percent.
When Did Quarters Stop Being Silver?
The U.S. Mint stopped creating silver quarters for circulation in 1965, anything dated 1964 and earlier are made from silver. The last year 90% silver quarters were created for circulation was 1964, the same is true for silver dimes and silver half dollars. Half dollars dated 1965-1969 do contain silver but only 40%. The 1964 Kennedy half dollar was made out of 90% silver.
Silver quarters that contain 90% silver are often referred to as junk silver. The coined term doesn’t mean it’s actually junk, in fact, it’s far from junk as silver is around $17 an ounce.
Silver Quarter Values
The value of silver quarters depends on the exact coin, mint and condition of the coin. All silver quarters have value due to the silver content, but some silver quarters can be worth a lot of money.
We recommend reviewing our silver quarter price guides to determine the value of your silver quarters.