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.
Silver is usually alloyed with copper for hardening purposes. Silver is a soft metal and requires the addition of an alloy. However, silver does have good properties, such as it is very malleable, ductile and has good electrical conductivity.
The markings on silver can be different. For example, sterling silver has the stamp of 925, which tells a person that the piece is 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent copper. Jewelry marked 950 silver has a higher purity than 925 silver.Learn More
The silver dime was last minted in 1964. Also called the Roosevelt dime, there were 1,357,517,000 dimes printed in 1964 bearing the face of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Roosevelt dime replaced the dime bearing the likeness of the Roman god of war Mercury in 1946 to honor the president who passed away the year before.Full Answer >
As of 2014, a 1924 Peace silver dollar minted in Philadelphia is no more rare than the average Peace silver dollar, while those minted in San Francisco are considerably more rare than most Peace silver dollars. A mint condition 1924 silver dollar is more rare than one in poorer condition.Full Answer >
Junk silver is a term that refers to silver coins that are not considered rare coins. Junk silver has no other value than the content of the silver itself.Full Answer >
Silver proof coins are coins minted as samples or specially manufactured for collectors or archival purposes. Proof coins are produced with chemically treated dies that cause sharper edges. Unlike regular coins, proofs are double struck, giving them high definition.Full Answer >