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Junk Silver

Junk Silver is the term used to describe US quarters, dimes, and half dollars produced up to 1964. These Junk Silver coins are composed of 90 percent silver, with the remaining 10 percent of the Junk Silver coins being composed of copper. Most Junk Silver coins are merely worth their weight in silver, though that does make a junk silver coin many times more valuable than a non-silver US coin.

The most common Junk Silver coins are as follows: the Barber, or Liberty Head Junk Silver dime, produced from 1892 to 1916, the Winged Liberty Head or Mercury Dime, produced from 1916 to 1945 is a popular Junk Silver Coin, the Roosevelt Junk Silver Dime, produced from 1946 to 1964, the Barber, or Liberty Head Junk Silver Quarter, produced from 1892 to 1916, the Standing Liberty Junk Silver Quarter, produced from 1916 to 1930, the Washington Junk Silver Quarter, produced from 1932 to 1964, the Barber or Liberty Head Half Dollar Junk Silver coin, produced from 1892 to 1915, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar Junk Silver coin produced from 1916 to 1947, the Franklin Half Dollar Junk Silver coin produced from 1948 to 1963, and the Kennedy Half Dollar Junk Silver Coin, produced in 1964.

Dime Junk Silver coins contain .07234 of a troy ounce of pure silver. Quarter Junk Silver coins contain .18084 of a troy ounce of pure silver. Half Dollar Junk Silver coins contain .36169 of a troy ounce of pure silver. This means that 5 Junk Silver dimes contain the same amount of pure silver as a Junk Silver half dollar or the silver content 2 Junk Silver quarters. There are some key dates in these Junk Silver coins that can make them much more valuable than a standard Junk Silver coin. These include the 1916 Mercury Head Junk Silver Dime with a D mint mark, but not the 1916 Mercury Head Junk Silver dime with no mint mark or an S mint mark, as those are both very common coins. Both the 1932 S mint and D mint Washington Junk Silver quarters are key dates, while the 1932 Junk Silver Washington quarter without the mint mark is a very common quarter. Either way, with a key date or not, Junk Silver quarters, dimes and half dollars are worth looking out for, because their silver content gives than an intrinsic value well beyond their mere face values.



East Flamingo

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday Closed

West Flamingo

Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday Closed



I brought them some gold pendants, rings and a few other pieces. I knew they weren’t worth that much but I needed the cash. The guys (and there are a lot of them) were really nice and not the least bit condescending. They know when you come in to sell there is a reason but they don’t make you feel bad or inadequate. The store is filled with interesting objects for sale and for show. A very nice and very fair place to buy and sell. I highly recommend them.

Linda P.

As a first timer in selling, I was a bit apprehensive. I did not know what to expect and was a little worried about a previous reviewers comments. Yes the office was stark and clinical. The staff however, more than made up for any downfall in the decor. Very helpful, polite and understanding to any ‘silly’ questions that were asked. All in all a pleasant experience, and one that should the opportunity arise I would go through again!

Marie G.

Great family run store. I’m well taken care of every time I show up at this location. Thank you Nick.

Really cool cats over at Nevada Coin and Jewelry. You would’ve thought that I was “Madonna” the way those guys treated me. I was so mesmerized by all of the antiques, they have in there, I believe I was there for two hours, just looking, unbelieveable! When I went in I was so hot, they offered me a cold bottle of water, how cool is that? It felt like home to me. I wanted to get a price for some old jewelry that was passed down by grandma, I was well satisfied. When I left the shop, I was singing “Money, Money, Money.


My wife cashed in some coins and we got top dollar. We have sold to others before but no more, we found a real professional store in Nevada Coin & Jewelry. “Thank You”


They took the time to help me sell my item and find an item. The staff does not rush you or pressure you into buying something. They take you on a little adventure by telling you about the items you are selling and looking at…

Miller B.

Professional, friendly staff. Knowledgeable and fair. An interesting experience and would definitely visit again.

Gail B.

My Aunt recently passed and she lived in the outskirts of Las Vegas. While my sister and I went through her estate we found a number of items that neither of us considered keeping, but our aunt was clear in her will that she wanted us to use her things to make a profit and in turn use that money to help our futures. We shopped around, especially not being from the area, and got a lot of negative experiences just on the phone. People were rude, uninformative, and really just gave us a feeling they wanted to rip us off. It made us think of those dirty pawn shops you “hear about”. Finally I called Nevada Coin and Jewelry and the whole day shifted! We described a few pieces of jewelry and they helped us figure out initially a general value based on the metal. Of course, they did explain the importance of actually coming in and examining the pieces individually. That level of service over the phone got us through the door. When we went to the spot we were greeted with the same level courtesy, but the professionalism when going over each item and it’s value was through the roof! They took the time to explain why each item was worth what amount and even gave us a little bit of history on the styles. At the end of the day, my sister and I walked away with a sizable amount of money to put towards my son’s college fund and my sister’s vet school. Thanks, Nevada Coin and Jewelry!

Ashleigh L.

Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and responsive. Building had great security to helped me feel safe in handling my items.

The staff are quick at work but not too quick to make you feel pressured into buying items or selling your items. They teach you about the items and tell you if they have use for your items or not. If they don’t have use for your items they call other places to see if they have a use for the items. Great staff!


This dealer was beyond excellent in all respects! No low-ball games, no fooling around. These people are honest, and the transaction was handled smoothly with complete transparency. I will definitely recommend Nevada Coin & Jewelry to everybody I know!

Richard C.

Always a good experience here! Definitely the place in town I enjoy buying coins from, and I’d recommend them to anybody. Helpful staff, reasonable prices, and wide selection.

Daniel B.