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Which Dimes are Silver?

If you want to buy Silver in the form of 90% Silver dimes, look for Mercury or Roosevelt dimes minted in 1964 or earlier. These dimes were struck in a 90% Silver alloy and boast a melt value of nearly $1.25. You will sometimes hear of Silver dimes, and other 90% Silver coins, referred to as “junk Silver.” This is merely a colloquial term and we assure you these coins are not junk. They have a considerable metal content and a fair melt value, making them an excellent way to begin investing in Silver. The many years Silver dimes were in circulation means there are still ample numbers of dimes with valuable Silver content available to collectors and investors. It is easy to determine if you have a Silver dime by looking at a few simple details.

Silver Nickel Years

Determining if the dime in your possession is a Silver dime is easy and takes just a few moments. You will be looking for:

  • The mintage year. Mercury and Roosevelt dimes produced in 1964 or before have a 90% Silver content.
  • Whitish color and lustrous glow. While the year of mintage is the easiest giveaway, the lustrous appearance of Silver dimes helps assure you of their metal content.
  • The coin’s edge will be Silver all the way through, with no line of other metal at its core.

Silver Dime Value

There are some Silver dimes with numismatic value that are especially appealing to collectors, but investors’ primary interest in Silver dimes will be for their junk Silver value based on their 90% Silver metal content. Silver dimes are an easy way to collect valuable Silver at a low premium, while also offering the opportunity to own beautiful coins. While knowing what year dimes are Silver is a must for in-the-know buyers, it is comforting to know that APMEX will take care of your due diligence for you in all products we sell. Buying 90% Silver dimes is exciting and convenient with APMEX.

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