Silver dollars, minted from 90 percent silver and released into circulation, were last made in 1935. These were "Peace" dollars, depicting the head of Liberty on the front and an eagle on the back.
After a long hiatus from their manufacture, Congress authorized the minting of silver dollars in 1964. Some were struck at the Denver Mint, but they were never released and were melted down. Eisenhower dollars were struck at the San Francisco Mint, dated 1971 to 1978, with 80 percent silver content. They were intended for collectors' sets and not circulation. Since 1986, the U.S. Mint has produced 1-ounce silver rounds, with a face value of $1 and a coin-like Walking Liberty design. These are sold based on silver bullion pricing and are not for circulation.Learn More
Silver dollars were discontinued in 1935. Half dollars, quarters and dimes were minted with a 90% silver alloy through 1964. While quarters and dimes went to a copper-nickel clad composition, half dollars used a 40% silver alloy through 1970.Full Answer >
The 1963 Franklin D. Roosevelt dime is 90 percent silver, a total of .0723 ounces of the precious metal. About 123,650,000 of the coins were produced, including 3 million "proofs" made specifically for collectors.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 >
The U.S. Mint never made "pure" silver coins because 99.9 percent silver is too soft to use in circulation. Dimes, quarters and half dollars were minted with 90 percent silver content through 1964.Full Answer >