40% Silver Coins
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 Silver Kennedy Half Dollars that were 40% Silver instead of 90% Silver.
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The 40% Silver Kennedy Half Dollar
consists 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 Half Dollars 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.
40% Eisenhower Dollar Coins
In addition to the Silver Kennedy Half Dollar, 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.
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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.