What is my Silver Quarter Worth? 10


Above you see the obverse of the 1958-D Washington Quarter that I found in a roll last year. Being a common silver Washington Quarter, don’t expect it to be worth a lot, but it is worth more than a quarter. This quarter is made of 90% silver. So dealers will give you what is called its melt value. Melt value is the value a coin is worth based on its metal composition. Because of this, the value of my circulated Washington Quarter is based on the current value of a troy ounce of silver. A troy ounce is equivalent to 31.1035 grams.

Let’s say, for example, that the current price of silver is $20.00 per troy ounce. This table would show how much a common Silver Coin is worth:

Denomination % Silver Weight of Silver
(troy ounces)
Value
Nickels (1942-1945) 35% 0.0563 $1.13
Dimes (before 1965) 90% 0.0723 $1.45
Quarters (before 1965) 90% 0.1808 $3.62
Half Dollars (before 1965) 90% 0.3617 $7.23
Half Dollars (1965 – 1970) 40% 0.1479 $2.96
Dollars (till 1935) 90% 0.7734 $15.47
Eisenhower Silver Dollars 40% 0.3161 $6.32
American Eagle Dollars 99.93% 1.0000 $20.00
America the Beautiful Silver Bullion 99.93% 5.0000 $100.00

Here’s a silver Jefferson Nickel from 1943 that I found in change.1943-P Nickel If silver was worth $20.00 per troy ounce, it would be worth $1.13.

Of course higher grade and rare coins will get above melt value, but this is more for the average circulated coins.

Have you ever Found Silver Coins in your Travels?

Maybe you have found Silver Coins with your metal detector or picked one up on the sidewalk. You could make a significant yet small profit, especially if the price of silver goes up. Let me know what you have found.


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10 thoughts on “What is my Silver Quarter Worth?

  • earnrecurringrevenue

    Although silver prices have a major impact on the prices of these coins, Its important that if you have a silver coin you research the value of it as you never know, there are a lot of key date coins out there. You can also know if a coin is silver by looking at the edges; I used to buy $3000 in half dollars and look at the edges of all of them, take out the silver ones, and return the rest and get my money back. Great article. Cheers!

    • Kevin Post author

      True, there are some key dates out there and you should do some research, but most of the circulated ones you find are common dates that are worth whatever amount of silver they have. That is what I was stressing here because some people that do not know as much about coins expect them to be worth more.

  • Chelsea Chan

    A very informative website! I am sure it is a treasure for those who love to collect US coins. As a foreigner, I didn’t know anything about the history of US coins. I really like the details that dig down even to the weight of the coins! A lot of research must have been done! It’s indeed very job! Well done!!!

    • Kevin Post author

      Thanks for the comment! I have done some research for these posts and I also learn from other collectors comments.

  • Mary

    Hi KCorina,
    I took a look at your site, I found it quite interesting. It had me digging through some old coins I have, to see if I had any of value. I think I do. Your pages were clean and easy to read. I think you did a great job putting your site together. Keep up the good work.

  • JJVanHurst

    The content on your website is awesome! I’m not much of a coin collector, but the information you provide is very interesting. I do think the website would look better with some dark, contrasting colors like Black or Grey. If you’re using WA’s website builder, here are some themes that might give your site some extra edge: Coral Dark, Tempura, Twenty-Fourteen, and Venture Life. I’m not sure if these will have the features you want, but I think they’ll add some awesome contrast and really make the coins pop out from the screen, especially Coral Dark. If this theme were more fitting for my niche of Loose-Leaf tea, I would have picked it in a heartbeat. In your case, the black background may give it that archival/museum quality very fitting for your niche of U.S. coin collections.

    Other than this, the only thing that really bothered me was the Tags section. It makes me go a little cross-eyed. Is there a way you can clean it up a bit or add it to the main menu at the top? Possibly name it Coin Archives? If the tag words were all the same size, I don’t think it would be a problem. As is, some are hard to read while others are in my face. I hope this helps, as you refine your website. I’m going to ask my dad to take a look at it. He’s into coin collecting, for sure.

    • Kevin Post author

      Thanks for the comment and the theme suggestions. That’s interesting what you said about the darker colors. I picked the theme I have currently a month ago because it stood out from the others that I saw. I wanted to stay away from the Twenty something themes because it would look too common. The only con I had with this theme is that it shows every post fully on mobile phones. So you don’t see tags, calendar or post lists till you get to the very bottom and with over 20 posts in my blog, it takes a long time to get there.

      I was going to add a subscribe plugin this weekend now that I am getting more traffic so maybe I’ll check out the Coral Dark theme like you suggested. Thanks again and that would be great if your dad checks out my site.

  • jschicanha

    one day coming from school i have just found a big coin on the ground but since we were raised to not buy anything without the parent concern and with the money that you just found was not authorized. i there fore rush to my father to show him my coin but he just said he will keep it for me now that i’m grown up i do n’t how can i approach him to bring back my coin

    i regret after reading this post
    thanks
    Jose