Silver Bullion Coins and Rounds

For most collectors, silver bullion coins are easier and more exciting to collect than larger silver bars, as they contain a wide variety of designs, nationalities, years and mintage numbers. There are innumerable designs for generic 1 ounce silver coins (rounds), which can be purchased for slightly over the current spot price of silver. From commemorative sets, to holiday designs, to special occaisions, you’ll find a variety of sets and pieces for collecting. The generic rounds are typically minted privately, through smaller companies or brokers, who will bring larger quantities of silver to a mint, who manufactures mints them into silver rounds for the client.

1 oz Silver Coins
Several countries around the world mint silver bullion rounds and sell them to the public with a moderate to high premium over the current silver price. Since these coins are typically minted in limited quantities each year, they retain a collectors value in addition to the bullion value and are referred to semi-numismatic coins. They come is a variety of sizes and face values, but the most common is the 1 ounce coin. The benefits of owning semi-numismatic coins include the fact that they are widely recognized, easy to obtain, have much higher mintage quality, and can be put together as part of a set. Whole sets can bring significant premiums over the sum value of each coin, making a nice profit for the diligent collector who assembles one for selling, or a great gift to pass on to future generations.

1 ounce Silver Bullion Coins2009 Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coin

  • American Silver Eagles (1986-present)
  • Canadian Silver Maple Leafs (1988-present)
  • Mexican Silver Libertads (1996-present)
  • Mexican Silver Onzas (1982-1995)
  • Austrian Philharmonics (2008-present)
  • British Silver Britannias (1996-present)
  • Chinese Silver Pandas (1983-present)
  • Australian Silver Lunars (1999-present)
  • Australian Silver Koalas (1999-present)
  • Australian Silver Kookaburra (1990-present)

90% Junk Silver Coins
Some bullion investors and collectors prefer coins with lower premiums and higher mintage, such as the various 90% junk silver coins. The United States has the largest volume of silver coins, which they have minted over several centuries. The availability and the price for most (non-key date) 90% silver coins is good, with reasonable premiums and a large supply of coins on the market. Many coin dealers will sell 90% junk silver coins by face value, meaning you can buy a bag of 90% silver coins that add up to a face value of $10, $50, $100 or even $1,000 (any amount). Whether a bag contains dimes, quarters, half dollars, or silver dollars, the silver content is the same in regards to the face value of all coins added up, as was the design of the “weights and measures” system of the US Treasury.

Here is a list of some of the most popular and common silver bullion coins:

40% and 90% “Junk Silver” Coinsroll of 90 percent junk silver dimes

  • 90% Barber/Liberty Head Dimes (1892-1916)
  • 90% Mercury/Winged Liberty Head Dimes (1916-1945)
  • 90% Roosevelt Dimes (1946-1964)
  • 90% Barber/Liberty Head Quarters (1892-1916)
  • 90% Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
  • 90% Washington Quarters (1932-1964)
  • 90% Barber/Liberty Head Half Dollars (1892-1915)
  • 90% Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
  • 90% Franklin/Liberty Bell Half Dollars (1948-1963)
  • 90% Kennedy Half Dollars (1964)
  • 40% Kennedy Half Dollars (1965-1970)
  • 90% Morgan Silver Dollars (1878-1921)
  • 90% Peace Silver Dollars (1921-1935)
  • 40% Eisenhower/Ike Silver Dollars ()


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