The silver content of an item is based on a scale of zero to 1,000. The 800 means 80 percent silver and 20 percent some other metal or alloy, by weight.
Silver is a soft metal, difficult to work in its purest form. Other metals, usually copper, are added to provide durability. The items produced are stamped with the amount of silver in them. Bullion bars are made with 999 silver, while jewelry and silverware are typically sterling silver, which is 925. Coin silver is usually considered to be 900 silver, but historically the amount of silver in coins has varied and each item should be tested.Learn More
Jewelry marked as 950 silver means that the item is 95 percent pure silver. When stamped 950, it refers to its purity in parts per thousand. The remaining 5 percent is an alloy added to increase the hardness of the silver piece.Full Answer >
The amount of silver content in a coin varies based on the type of coin, with Morgan and Peace silver dollars containing 0.77 troy ounces of silver, and a war nickel containing 0.06 troy ounces of silver. Both the Ben Franklin and the Walking Liberty half dollars contain 0.36 ounces.Full Answer >
Many U.S. quarters carry a premium over their face value because of their silver content. Among them are Washington quarters minted before 1964. Other valuable quarters include older quarters, such as the Barber quarter, minted between 1892 and 1916, and the Standing Liberty quarter, produced between 1916 and 1930. A valuable recent quarter is the special Bicentennial quarter minted from 40 percent silver.Full Answer >
The 1965 Washington quarter has no silver content. The Kennedy silver dollar is the only type of coin minted after 1964 that actually contains any silver.Full Answer >