40% Silver by Type
40% Silver coins by Type - As the price of Silver began to increase in the 1960s, the United States government began seeking a more cost-effective alternative to the minting of 90% Silver content coins. To honor assassinated President John F. Kennedy, the U.S. Mint began minting half-dollars depicting Kennedy that were 40% Silver instead of 90% Silver.
The Kennedy half-dollars consisted of an inner layer containing 79% copper and 21% Silver. This inner layer was clad by an outer layer of 20% copper and 80% Silver. Thus, rather than containing 90% Silver, the Kennedy halves contain 40% Silver and 60% copper. The 40% Silver Kennedy half-dollars were the last regularly circulated coins from the U.S. Mint that still contain any Silver.
In addition to the Kennedy Silver Half Dollars, special editions of the Eisenhower Dollars were struck in 40% Silver from 1971-1976. These were more for collectors as they were not a part of the regular circulation strikes.
APMEX offers the ability to purchase 40% Silver in small increments of $1 through full $1,000 face-value Bags, with several increments in between. If you desire to buy Silver in the most cost-efficient way, the 40% Silver coins from APMEX are a great option. APMEX makes it easy to buy Silver by offering competitive Silver prices on all Silver products.
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