How Much is a Silver Coin Worth? (Price Chart)

Even though people believe that every old silver coin is worth a fortune, it is not always the case. Only a few pieces cost thousands of dollars, while you can get only a couple of tens of dollars for others. Their price directly depends on the number of minted coins, their condition, and their rarity. However, one thing is for sure. The silver coin value is almost always higher than their face value.

Silver Coin Value

Silver Coin Value

For the beginning, you need to distinguish the silver coin values for collectors and the actual price of the pure metal these coins are made of. So, it is necessary to consider metal prices, coin composition, and its weight when calculating the silver cost.

The percentage of silver each coin contains is Metal % of face value, but most of these pieces are worth more than pure base metals.

Silver coin values

Coin Face value Metal value Metal % of face value
Cent 1909 to 1982 (95% copper) $0.01 $0.027 278%
Cent 1982 to 2014 (97.5% zinc) $0.01 $0.008 81%
Nickel 1946 to 2014 $0.05 $0.058 117%
Dime 1965 to 2014 $0.1 $0.023 22.8%
Quarter 1965 to 2014 $0.25 $0.057 22.8%
Half dollar 1971 to 2014 $0.5 $0.114 22.8%
Eisenhower dollar 1971 to 1978 $1 $0.228 22.8%
SBA dollar 1979 to 1981, 1999 $1 $0.081 8.15%
Sacagawea dollar 2000 to 2014 $1 $0.071 7.15%
Presidential dollar 2007 to 2014 $1 $0.071 7.15%

Many silver coins are worth more since they are often collectible, particularly those in mint state. Most of them contain 90% silver, but you can notice that the Kennedy half dollar and Eisenhower dollar are not real silver pieces since they consist of only 40% of this precious metal. However, they are collectible, and their value is higher than the metal content price.

 

Silver coin values

Silver coin Face value Silver content Composition Silver melt value
Barber dime 1892 to 1916 $0.01 0.07234 troy ounces 90% silver $1.6
Roosevelt dime 1946 to 1964 $0.01 0.07234 troy ounces 90% silver 1.62
Mercury dime 1916 to 1945 $0.01 0.07234 troy ounces 90% silver $1.6
Jefferson nickel 1942 to 1945 $0.05 0.05626 troy ounces 35% silver $1.3
Washington quarter 1932 to 1964 $0.25 0.18084 troy ounces 90% silver $4
Standing Liberty quarter 1916 to 1930 $0.25 0.18084 troy ounces 90% silver $4
Barber quarter 1892 to 1916 $0.25 0.18084 troy ounces 90% silver $4
Kennedy half dollar 1965 to 1970 $0.50 0.1479 troy ounces 40% silver $3.3
Kennedy half dollar 1964 $0.50 0.36169 troy ounces 90% silver $8
Franklin half dollar 1948 to 1963 $0.50 0.36169 troy ounces 90% silver $8
Walking Liberty half dollar 1916 to 1947 $0.50 0.36169 troy ounces 90% silver $8
Barber half dollar 1892 to 1915 $0.50 0.36169 troy ounces 90% silver $8
Eisenhower Dollars 1971 to 1976 $1 0.3161 troy ounces 40% silver $7
Peace dollar 1921 to 1935 $1 0.77344 troy ounces 90% silver $17.3
Morgan dollar 1878 to 1921 $1 0.77344 troy ounces 90% silver $17.3
Seated Liberty dollar 1840 to 1873 $1 0.77344 troy ounces 90% silver $17.3
American silver eagle $1 1 troy ounce 99.9% $22.4

 

The Most Collectible Silver Coins

1. American silver eagle

American silver eagle

Adolph Alexander Weinman designed the obverse for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar in 1916, but it was used again for the American Silver Eagle coins. They are among the most awesome coins the US Mint has ever struck. Nowadays, most of them are worth at least one hundred times more than their silver value.

American silver eagle

Year Mintage MS70 MS69 MS68
1986 5,393,005 $1,020 $96 $81
1987 11,442,335 $1,020 $44 $41.5
1988 5,004,646 $1,620 $55 $40
1989 5,203,327 $1,020 $57 $35
1990 5,840,210 $4,500 $62 $45
1991 7,191,066 $1,150 $55 $35
1992 5,540,068 $858 $57 $35
1993 6,763,762 $2,750 $68 $40
1994 4,227,319 $8,120 $122 $96
1995 4,672,051 $1,620 $81 $68
1996 3,603,386 $3,620 $97 $84
1997 4,295,004 $1,440 $57 $42
1998 4,847,549 $1,310 $59 $35
1999 7,408,640 $12,000 $58 $43.5
2000 9,239,132 $3,620 $55 $35
2001 9,001,711 $845 $55 $35
2002 10,539,026 $455 $54 $35
2003 8,495,008 $182 $54 $35
2004 8,882,754 $122 $54 $35
2005 8,891,025 $135 $54 $35
2006 10,676,522 $94 $54 $35
2007 9,028,036 $100 $54 $35
2008 20,583,000 $85 $50 $35
2008 W rev 2007 47,000 $1,150 $545 $390
2009 30,459,000 $85 $50 $35
2010 34,764,500 $70 $50 $35
2011 S 40,020,000 $70 $50 $35
2011 25th 40,020,000 $85 $50 $35
2011 S 25th 99,882 $292 $170 $135
2011 W 25th 40,020,000 $70 $50 $35
2012 33,121,500 $70 $50 $35
2012 S 33,121,500 $73 $55 $40
2012 W 33,121,500 $70 $50 $35
2013 42,675,000 $70 $50 $35
2013 S 42,675,000 $70 $50 $35
2013 W 42,675,000 $70 $50 $35
2014 44,006,000 $70 $50 $35
2014 S 44,006,000 $70 $50 $35
2014 W 44,006,000 $70 $50 $35
2015 47,000,000 $78 $50 $35
2015 W 47,000,000 $70 $50 $35
2016 37,701,500 $70 $50 $35
2016 S 37,701,500 $70 $50 $35
2016 W 37,701,500 $70 $50 $35
2017 18,065,500 $70 $55 $38
2017 S 18,065,500 $70 $55 $38
2017 W 18,065,500 $70 $55 $38
2018 15,700,000 $70 $50 $35
2018 W 15,700,000 $78 $50 $48.5

Besides the 1995-W proof coin, there are no other rare silver dollars from this series. They are highly collectible thanks to their beauty and are also an excellent investment. The rarest pieces are MS70 coins from 1990, 1994, and 1999 worth thousands of dollars.

 

2. Peace dollar

Peace dollar

Peace dollars are probably the most recognized and desired for collectors among numerous dollar coins produced in the US Mint. They were a symbol of peace after WWI and were minted from 1921 to 1928 and again between 1934 and 1935.

Anthony de Francisci did an impressive job by designing this coin, making it desirable until these days.

Peace dollar

Year Extra fine quality Mint state
1921 $140 $150
1922 $32 $36
1922 S $33 $35
1922 D $33 $37
1923 $32 $35
1923 S $35 $38
1923 D $35 $36
1924 $32 $37
1924 S $40 $60
1925 $32 $37
1925 S $35 $45
1926 $35 $37
1926 S $35 $38
1926 D $35 $40
1927 $42 $50
1927 S $45 $75
1927 D $45 $75
1928 $375 $400
1928 S $48 $65
1934 $45 $50
1934 S $175 $500
1934 D $45 $50
1935 $45 $50
1935 S $50 $88

 

3. Morgan silver dollar

Morgan silver dollar

Morgan silver dollars were produced more than forty years, making them the American coins that have been in circulation the longest in US history. Collectors always look for old but well-preserved pieces.

However, you should be aware that these coins are more than a century old, so it is hard to find untouched ones. Even though those produced in the 1870s are the oldest and most popular, the most expensive is the rare 1893 S Morgan silver dollar in the mint state that can reach approximately $20,000.

Morgan silver dollar

Year Extra fine quality Mint state
1878 with 7 feathers $55 $75
1878 with 8 feathers $80 $105
1878 S $47 $48
1878 CC $40 $70
1879 $39 $40
1879 S $45 $70
1879 O $42 $47
1879 CC $770 $1,700
1880 $39 $41
1880 S $40 $46
1880 O $39 $43
1880 CC $285 $350
1881 $39 $42
1881 S $39 $41
1881 O $39 $41
1881 CC $425 $440
1882 $39 $41
1882 S $39 $41
1882 O $39 $42
1882 CC $120 $145
1883 $39 $41
1883 S $53 $140
1883 O $39 $41
1883 CC $120 $145
1884 $39 $41
1884 S $60 $290
1884 O $39 $41
1884 CC $150 $160
1885 $39 $41
1885 S $63 $110
1885 O $39 $41
1885 CC $570 $590
1886 $39 $41
1886 S $105 $150
1886 O $45 $75
1887 $39 $41
1887 S $45 $50
1887 O $42 $55
1888 $39 $41
1888 S $185 $205
1888 O $39 $41
1889 $39 $41
1889 S $75 $105
1889 O $39 $55
1889 CC $3,000 $7,000
1890 $39 $43
1890 S $39 $45
1890 O $39 $49
1890 CC $140 $190
1891 $40 $45
1891 S $40 $45
1891 O $40 $55
1891 CC $140 $190
1892 $53 $90
1892 S $300 $1,650
1892 O $48 $70
1892 CC $450 $690
1893 $275 $400
1893 S $9,000 $20,000
1893 O $475 $775
1893 CC $1,500 $2,400
1894 $1,350 $1,700
1894 S $150 $450
1894 O $115 $260
1895 S $1,200 $1,800
1895 O $600 $1,200
1896 $39 $41
1896 S $220 $775
1896 O $43 $160
1897 $39 $41
1897 S $39 $45
1897 O $41 $100
1898 $39 $41
1898 S $50 $100
1898 O $39 $41
1899 $200 $225
1899 S $65 $140
1899 O $39 $40
1900 $39 $41
1900 S $48 $90
1900 O $39 $41
1901 $115 $280
1901 S $65 $200
1901 O $39 $41
1902 $39 $45
1902 S $190 $275
1902 O $39 $45
1903 $55 $65
1903 S $350 $1,600
1903 O $350 $365
1904 $47 $55
1904 S $200 $500
1904 O $39 $45
1921 $37 $38
1921 S $39 $41
1921 D $37 $38

 

Summary

The US Mint was producing silver dollars from 1916 to 1945. Most of them are highly desired among collectors, and the demand has grown over the years. In other words, if you have any of those silver coins minted from 1916 to 1940, you should check their values. You may be pleasantly surprised!

2 thoughts on “How Much is a Silver Coin Worth? (Price Chart)”

  1. I have some silver coins and want a catalog to show me the prices of coins
    Robin Matthews-bell
    200 seth green drive apt 402
    Rochester NY 14621

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