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|$ 5 Face||$3.24||$100.60|
|$ 500 Face||$2.69||$9,865.00|
|$ 2000 Face||$2.39||$39,020.00|
|$ 5000 Face +||
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|(0.7150 oz of silver content for every face value dollar)|
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One of the most popular ways to invest in silver bullion coins is buying circulated US half dollars minted prior to 1965. These coins, along with Pre-1965 dimes and quarters, are commonly referred to as "junk" silver, or 90% silver. The term "junk" silver developed in the 1970s. Savvy people began pulling these coins from circulation and trading them at dollar values based on their silver content. Coin dealers applied the term to distinguish this circulated coinage with no collectible value from more collectible coins they wanted to sell at higher prices. Making the coin prices on "junk" silver more appealing to buyers more interested in the silver content, versus the condition of the coin.
Today these coins are widely traded by bullion dealers. They are very popular because they often cost less than other US bullion coins such as US Silver Eagles. Half dollars, which each contain .358 ounces of actual silver content, are also much smaller than the 1-ounce American Eagles. Preparedness minded investors consider official, recognizable US coins in smaller sizes ideal for use in barter. 90% US silver half dollars are anything but "junk", despite being referred to that way.
Silver Kennedy half dollars, the Franklin half dollar, and Liberty half dollars are the variety these half dollars come in and an excellent store of value. Americans buying gas in 1964 could have purchased 1.667 gallons of gasoline for fifty cents - the face value of one of these coins. Today, based on gas prices at $2.50 per gallon and silver at $17.00 per ounce, the coin will buy about 2.4 gallons of gas.
These coins are "honest" money. They have worked well to protect investors from the destruction of the fiat US dollar in the decades since politicians and central bankers abandoned the gold and silver standard that once underpinned our currency.
All US silver coins struck in 1964 or earlier were minted with 90% silver and 10% copper. Please note: the copper content of these rare coins is excluded from any calculation of pricing. Only the silver content is valued!
So what makes these silver coins a good investment? Each dollar of face value contains .715 ounces of actual silver content, so a full junk silver coin bag ($1,000 face value) contains 715 ounces of silver.
Pre-1965 half dollar silver coins are older and carry historical interest, but no additional premium is added to their price based on age , condition or collectible value. The coins are delivered unsorted, with any batch containing a variety of minting dates and coin conditions.
|Kennedy Half Dollars Silver (Common date)||1964||$7.00-$15.00|
|Kennedy Half Dollars Silver Clad (No rare dates)||1965-1969||$5.00-$10.00|
|Kennedy Half Dollars Bicentennial (Dated 1776-1976) (Common date)||1975-1976||Face Value|
|Kennedy Half Dollars Clad||1971-Present||Face Value|
Pre-1965 silver half dollar coins do offer several advantages. First, they are significantly smaller than 1 ounce products, which makes them ideal for bartering in smaller transactions.
Secondly, like bullion rounds, this form of silver offers a low premium over the spot market price of silver. The market value of "junk silver" is often very close to the actual melt value of the coins. Investors can get more ounces of silver for whatever they plan to spend by choosing half dollars in favor of more expensive alternatives.
Thirdly, they are legal U.S. tender, albeit only for the face value of $.50. While it would be a very bad idea to spend these coins for the face value, their status as legal tender backed by the U.S. government does instill a measure of trust and confidence. That could be important when the time comes to sell or trade them.
Finally, silver junk bags are bought and sold in huge quantities and are therefore very liquid - easy to buy and easy to sell.
Silver half dollars are machine counted into bags when a client's order is released to be packed and shipped. Money Metals can accommodate orders starting as small as $5 face value (10 coins). Silver coin bags of dimes and quarters are available in addition to half dollars and are generally priced even lower. Making the cost and the coin values, a great choice for those looking to spend less, yet still obtain silver. Or a great choice for those coin collecting, because you're able to buy them in bulk, giving you a variety of dates.
Silver Content per Silver Coin Size:
Pre-1965 Silver Dimes contain 0.0715 troy ounces of silver
Pre-1965 Silver Quarters contain 0.17875 troy ounces of silver
Pre-1965 Silver Half-Dollars contain 0.3575 troy ounces of silver
|Mint Facility:||United States Mint|
|Quality / Type:||Circulated|
|Purity:||90% silver, 10% copper (.715 troy oz. silver content per dollar of face value)|
|Silver Weight per Coin:||Half-Dollar - .358 troy ounces|
We are buying this item back daily, and we pay you promptly!
Our current buy pricing is $17.59 per $1 face value and we will buy up to 3,575 ounces at this price. Simply call us on any weekday to lock pricing at 1-800-800-1865.
Learn more about the process for selling to us here.
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|Up to $499.99||$7.97|
By David on November 28th, 2020
This is the first time I had heard of junk silver. My first order arrived all Walking Liberty’s in various conditions but really happy with what I received. Second order was a mix of Kennedy’s, Franklin’s and Walking Liberty’s really happy with what I have received with the second order. Prices are good and service was fast. Will continue to order
By Jack M. on September 1st, 2020
First ever purchase of $5 face value half dollars. Various dates, and in good condition. I'm very satisfied with these coins to add to my stack, and will keep coming back to Money Metals for sure!
By Tom C. on August 15th, 2020
purchased 20 dollars face value. Received 1/2 in Kennedy's and 1/2 in Franklin's. All very nice coins.
By Nicholas F. on June 24th, 2020
I must admit that I was slightly put out by only receiving 1964 and below kennedy half dollars for a purchase of 10 coins. However, the almost pristine condition of the "junk" silver made up for very well. It made me immediately put them in airtites so that they were not further damaged. I would happily purchase more of them.
By Steven L. on June 23rd, 2020
Received four Walkers, a Ben Franklin, the rest 1964 Kennedys. I am no judge of coins but many of the Kennedys seemed to be in pristine condition. Three of the Kennedys were minted in Denver and the rest in Philly on a $15 dollar order. I just remember they don't make these anymore and they are 90% silver! Thanks MMX!
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