posted on Mar, 27 2009 @ 08:41 PM
For those not 'in the know' dimes, quarters, halves and dollars minted 1964 and earlier are 90% silver and worth about 10 times face value for
silver content alone. You can check Coinflation.com...
for more accurate values.
There are also silver "War Nickels" that were minted for a few years back in WWII (42,43 & 44). You can identify a silver nickel by its mint mark
over the dome on the reverse. If it has a large letter over the dome, it is a silver nickel and worth about a buck in melt value.
I always do a quick check of all my coins by looking at the rims, if there is no copper band then I check the date to see if it's silver.
There are a lot of older coins floating around now due to the bad economy and folks dumping out the old coin jars, so it pays to keep an eye out for
Most wheat cents are worth less than 10 cents each, so I don't pay much attention to the coppers.