How many dimes make 1 oz of silver?
Presuming that you are referring to US dimes issued between 1875 and 1964 (dimes older than 1875 had different weights and/or fineness), dimes weigh 2.50 grams and are 90% silver (the remaining 10% is copper). This means that the ASW (Actual Silver Weight) is 0.07234 troy ounces. Thus, it would require 14 dimes (this number is rounded up; the precise number is 13.8236 dimes) to have one troy ounce of silver.
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Any combination of 90-percent silver U.S. coins which have a face value of US$1.00 contains 0.715 troy ounces of 99.9-percent silver (0.7234 troy ounces if uncirculated), exce…pt for the silver dollars (Morgan and Peace) which contain .7736 troy ounces of silver. In other words, a full troy ounce of 99.9-percent silver is contained in any combination of 90-percent silver U.S. coins which have a face value of US$1.40. Therefore, a roll of uncirculated 1964 dimes contains 3.617 ounces of pure Silver, while a roll of circulated 1964 dimes contains 3.575 ounces of pure silver. (MORE)
War nickels were made from mid 1942 to 1945. They contain 35% silver. It would take just under 18 war nickels to make a ounce of silver. The current melt value of a war nickel… is $1.98. (MORE)
Except for the famous "war nickels" made from mid-1942 to 1945, the answer is "none", because all other US nickels don't contain silver. Since 1866, the coin has been made of …an alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel. If you have war nickels with a large mint mark on the back, these do contain a small amount of silver - 1.75 gm to be exact. Because one troy ounce is about 31.1 gm, you'd need 31.1 / 1.75, or about 18 war nickels to contain a troy ounce of silver. (MORE)
Beautiful and elegant, the Mercury Dime is a favorite of collectors who include ten-cent pieces in their collections, or who specialize in these coins. A few Mercuries are pro…bably still circulating also, though most have been snapped up due to their value. The coin actually shows Liberty with a winged cap, though the combination of the wings and the head's somewhat masculine details have led to the informal nickname that is used almost universally for this dime today. Several intriguing stories are also attached to this dime, raising its historical and numismatic interest still further. A head wearing a winged cap is the centerpiece of the Mercury Dime's designs, shown in profile and facing to the left. The head is supposed to be that of Liberty, but, perhaps because of the extraordinarily heavy, jutting chin sculpted on the goddess, most people assumed that the coin showed Mercury instead, and the name stuck. The obverse also contains the mottoes "Liberty" and "In God We Trust," plus the date of minting. The reverse shows the ancient Roman fasces, a bundle of rods tied together with an axe-head jutting from the left-hand side. An olive branch with thick foliage is also seen on this side of the coin, along with letters spelling out "United States of America," "E Pluribus Unum," and "One Dime." The Liberty who appears on this dime has wings on her cap so that she serves as an emblem not only of freedom, but also freedom of thought. This, of course, led to her being confused with Mercury in the public imagination. The fasces design on the reverse of the coin is emblematic of the republic's unbreakable strength, since a bundle of rods is not easily broken. The symbol was so unknown, however, that most people believed the coin showed golf clubs or an ordinary axe. The olive branch represents peace and tranquility. This dime was designed by Adolph Weinman, a sculptor who designed many different monuments throughout the United States. Weinman, an immigrant from Germany, sculpted a "Victory" whose features are frequently compared to those of Liberty on the famous dime. The artist was unsatisfied with the results of his work on the coin, possibly because of the public's error of assuming it showed Mercury, and asked repeatedly to be allowed to redesign it. The Mint refused, while at the same time praising his skill and the results of his labors. Weinman also designed the Walking Liberty, an image that was "resurrected" many decades later as the obverse design on the Silver Eagle bullion coin. The Winged Liberty Head dime went out of production abruptly in 1945, to be replaced by a dime bearing the image of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The president's death in that year explains the change. There are several reasons why the dime, rather than some other coin, was chosen to honor FDR, one practical and the other symbolic. First, the dime was the only coin whose design had been in production for over twenty-five years at that point, meaning it could be legally changed immediately to a new design rather than waiting for the House of Representatives to vote on the subject. Second, Franklin Delano Roosevelt founded the "March of Dimes" to help prevent polio, so the dime was thought to be one of the best representations of his beneficial and charitable work. Gem Uncirculated (MS-65) dimes of this series are still in existence, and can command prices of anywhere from $70 to $3,000, depending on the year. Gem Uncirculated have very few blemishes and still retain the full, shimmering luster with which they emerged from the Mint. The most valuable strike of this coin is the 1916-D at the Denver Mint. Production of the dime began and ran to 264,000 pieces, but at that point the Denver Mint was ordered to put all its resources into minting quarters, leading to an abrupt cessation of Winged Liberty Head dimes for that year. These dimes now fetch around $1,000 when in merely Good condition, up to $30,000 for Gem Uncirculated quality. The Mercury Dime, as the Winged Liberty Head dime has come to be called, is an interesting part of America's twentieth century numismatic history. Minted from 1916 to 1945, it covers the period of the two World Wars and represents the efforts of a sculptor otherwise unfortunately little remembered today. The dime is worth several dozen dollars in most cases, and up to tens of thousands in the case of Denver mint-marked dimes from 1916. Appreciated by the public and deplored by its creator, this dime today is a fine collector's piece and survives in sufficient numbers to be readily bought and sold. The Denver Mint did not strike Winged Liberty Head dimes in either 1923 or 1930. However, there are 1923-D and 1930-D dimes in existence, struck to a high standard and generally indistinguishable from the genuine articles. It is believed that these, along with many other coins, are Soviet counterfeits, though there is no firm proof of their actual origin or purpose. (MORE)
Most visitors to a Las Vegas casino will place standard wagers on a race or a game by selecting the team or horse they think will win and placing their money on their choice. …There are several ways to wager on sports or table games that most amateurs don't know about or bother to learn. Professional gamblers, however, want to increase their chances of winning, so they will use the various means of wagering to try and make money. Dime betting is one of the terms gamblers should know if they want to learn how to wager and win in Las Vegas or in other cities where gambling is legal.In sports wagering terminology, this means that you are wagering the 10-cent line when you select a team and put your money down on them. If you use dime betting, you will make back 10 percent on top of the wager you made. For instance, if you bet $150 on the San Francisco Giants in a game, you would earn back $165. That is your original $150 plus 10 percent more for winning your wager. These types of wagers can be for a nickel, which is 5 percent, 10 percent, or for 20 percent more.This type of wagering is used for placing money on sports games. It is more commonly used for baseball than it is for any other type of sport. Table games are either played for cash, called cash games, or they have buy-ins. Buy-ins are common for poker and blackjack, which means you pay a certain amount of money to play and are given chips to wager. You can wager a "dime," but that means you are putting down a $1,000 wager. You can place this type of wager in a casino in a state that allows betting on sports. Though there are many states that have casinos, most of them are limited housing slots or table games. The only states that allow sports wagering are Oregon, Nevada, Montana, and Delaware. This type of wager can be placed on websites used for sports wagering. Most online wagering sites that allow sports wagering are not based in the United States, but in countries that allow this type of wagering.Most sports books that offer dime betting offer it mainly on baseball games. Other sports, such as football and basketball, usually have a point spread. Using a point spread for baseball would be difficult, because the point spread is almost impossible to predict. However, this type of wagering can be used on other sports such as hockey in which a point spread is also hard to predict. Wagering on point spreads is easier to understand for most people and understanding money lines can be more difficult. An experienced gambler would want to play a money line because it offers them a chance to win more money with a smaller bet. If the money line for the team they want to win is +100, that means they need to wager $100 on that team to win. If they play the 10-cent money line, they will make 10 percent more if their team wins. If they lose, they only lose the original wager they made. Unlike most wagering in Las Vegas, using a money line is to the gambler's advantage, not the sports books'.Nevada is the only state where sports wagering actively takes place. However, you don't need to go to Las Vegas if you want to place a bet on a tennis match, a NASCAR race, or a baseball game. You can go online and find a multitude of gambling sites where you can place bets on sports. There are even sites that specialize in using money line wagers, including dime betting.Gambling on sports is a billion-dollar industry in Nevada. For instance, in 2003, a total of $1.8 billion was wagered on sports books. 21 percent of that 1.8 billion, a total of $378 million, was wagered on baseball using money lines. (MORE)
With the rising price of silver, more people are collecting silver coins. However, counterfeiters trying to make a quick buck are turning out more fakes than ever. If you're a… coin collector, you don't want to lose money over fake silver coins in your collection. Luckily, there are easy ways to figure out what coins are actually silver.Quarters, dimes, half-dollars and dollar coins made in the United States dated 1964 and earlier are 90 percent silver. Kennedy half-dollars made from 1965 to 1969 are silver-clad and 40 percent silver. While not nearly as common, nickels minted from 1942 to 1945 are 35 percent silver.When flicked or dropped, silver coins produce a unique ringing sound that lasts for a couple of seconds. Compared to copper coins, the ring of a silver coin is much higher pitched. If you don't know how to tell the difference, test a coin you already know is silver next to one that is not.Hold the coin horizontally, and examine the edges. The base layer of a clad coin is visible from the edge. A silver coin has no base layer and presents a uniform edge.Silver coins weigh more than their non-silver counterparts. For example, if you're not sure your silver quarter is actually silver, weigh it. A silver quarter weighs 6.3 grams as opposed to a non-silver quarter, which weighs 5.7 grams.If a magnet sticks to your coin, it isn't silver. However, just because a magnet doesn't stick to the coin doesn't mean it is silver, either. Even though this test isn't a sure-fire method, it does identify some counterfeit coins.Silver reacts to certain acids, such as nitric and muriatic acid, by producing a dark reddish-brown color. A fake silver coin produces a blue or green color. However, acid testing is destructive to the numismatic value of coins. It requires you to scratch the surface of the coin and pour the acid on the scratch. Only acid-test junk silver coins that you don't mind damaging.Whenever the price of silver goes up, coin counterfeiters and scammers ramp up their efforts to make an easy dollar. However, with an eye for detail, it's easy to determine what coins are actually silver. Use these easy tests to make sure your coins are the real thing. Stacking your coins is an easy way to quickly assess both age and silver content. Newer coins with less valuable metal content have a distinctive, visible, copper-colored center layer. Instead of examining coins one at a time, make a stack to check them simultaneously. (MORE)
Coin collecting can be fun, especially when you find something that is a little unusual. Most pennies are made of copper, but occasionally one can be found that is not copper …and is distinctively different. A silver penny is one such find. Often, because of their color and their light weight, they are easily mistaken for dimes. If you look close at your change, then you just might find one.Despite its name, a silver penny is not actually made of silver, but rather steel. It is silver in color, but does not have any actual silver metal content. These coins were struck in 1943 in order to save copper that was needed for the military efforts. Copper was need for ammunition, and the silver penny was a part of rationing efforts to send more to the front.The silver cent was only made for one year. The reason for this was that steel did not have desirable characteristics for making coins. For one thing, the edges quickly rusted and deteriorated. They tarnished more easily than copper. They were also not well received by the public because they could be easily mistaken for dimes. The U.S. Mint stopped making them due to public complaints.As soon as they were discontinued, the U.S. Mint collected as many as possible and destroyed them. This means that they are somewhat collectible, although according to some they are easily found in coin shops. There are still some in circulation even today. There are many mistake coins out there because the steel did not take the stamp as well as copper.Because so many of them were destroyed, they are quite a collector's item. However, they still have not appreciated in value. A coin in circulated condition is worth $0.12 to $0.15. However, one in uncirculated condition is worth about $0.50. Of course, coin collecting is all about condition and the better condition that it is in, the more that it will bring.A few of these coins continued to be made into 1944 before the transition back to copper had been completed. Silver pennies made in 1944 are considered to be an error by the mint. These coins are much rarer than 1943 silver pennies. Similarly, some 1943 coins were minted in copper in error, as well. A silver 1944 penny and a copper 1943 penny are considered to be rare. Fewer than 50 of each type were ever made. Only about 12 are known to be in existence. In 2004, one of these coins sold at auction for $200,000.The silver penny was made for only one year in an effort to save copper for ammunition during World War II. The penny is not really made from silver; it is made from steel. They are not considered to be rare in the world of coin collecting, but it is rare to find one still circulating. However, it is not impossible to find one, and it is worth looking through your change every time that you think about it. Silver 1944 pennies and copper 1943 pennies can bring quite a bit of money at auction, if you would happen to be so lucky as to find one. Silver pennies are a fun item for both professional and amateur coin collectors.Anything that demands a high price will attract counterfeiters. Several counterfeit 1943 copper pennies have been discovered. These are produced by plating 1943 steel pennies with copper. The best way to tell if the 1943 copper penny is a fraud is easy. If it is steel, then it will be attracted to a magnet. If it is copper, then it will not be attracted to a magnet. Luckily, counterfeits can be detected relatively easily. (MORE)
A shortage of ammunition during World War II led to the production of the silver penny in 1943 -- copper was better utilized for bullets than currency. These pennies were very… similar in color and size to dimes and incompatible with vending machines, so they were discontinued in 1944. Despite being in production for only one year, these coins are very common and have little monetary value. There are, however, a few exceptions.Before you can determine the value of your silver penny, you need to identify its mint and year. The mint and year are stamped on the obverse of the penny to the right of Lincoln's bust. Unless you have a counterfeit or extremely rare error coin, the year is 1943 and it has been minted in Philadelphia, Denver or San Francisco. Condition plays a huge role in the value of a coin. The European grading system ranges from good to mint condition; a mint coin has 100 percent of the design remaining, while a good coin has only 10 percent. For a complete coin grading chart go to Wikipedia.org, and navigate to their coin grading page.The Official Red Book of United States Coins is a great resource to use once you have identified the year, mint and condition of your penny. Make sure you are using the latest issue as the values are updated yearly. This is a highly regarded book in the numismatic community because the values are accurate and used by many coin dealers. Alternatively, you can look up the going price for your penny on eBay, or have it appraised at your local coin shop.Silver pennies are not rare unless they are in mint condition -- in which case they are still worth only a few dollars -- or they are errors. Two extremely rare error pennies to look out for are the 1943 copper penny and the 1944 steel penny. These pennies are errors caused by the mint using the wrong metal coin blanks for a very short time. You can tell if a penny is copper or steel by holding it up to a magnet; silver pennies stick to a magnet, but copper ones do not.The valuation of coins can be very difficult for even experienced coin collectors, and a coin's value can change from day to day, so use the values you find only as a general guideline. If you want to sell your collection, it is best to have it appraised by a professional. Pennies made in 1943 are steel coated with zinc. They may appear to be silver colored, but there is no silver in them. (MORE)
For an avid coin collector, there may be nothing more exciting than coming across a nice piece of silver that everyone else has missed. Finding silver coins can be done in pla…ces as extreme as old, overgrown plantations to as mundane as the coin machine at the local supermarket. You just have to know where, and how to look for them, and you'll be surprised at all of the places that silver coins will start to show up. Here's a short list of questions to ask yourself when you start looking.One of the best places to find silver coins, mostly dimes, quarters, and half dollars produced before 1964, is directly from the bank. People often roll up their old coins without realizing that the silver content of the coin makes it worth more than face value. You can go about your coin roll hunt in one of three ways. You can become friendly with one of the tellers and let them know that you are interested in buying coin rolls that are brought in by other customers. You can order full boxes of coins from the tellers (dimes cost $250 a box, quarters and half dollars cost $500 a box). Also, you can talk to the local Coinstar representative and see if you can buy the rolls directly from him. You'll have to go through a lot of coins to find the silver ones, but they are there and the hunt can be very exciting.When people have estate sales they often don't know the value of the coins that they have. In fact, they sometimes don't even realize that there are coins in some of the items that they are selling. If you frequent these sales, then you can often pick up boxes of purses for a very reasonable price. If you happen to come across a rare Morgan Silver Dollar, then it could pay for the purchase ten times over. If you don't own a metal detector, then you might be walking over a trove of silver coins every day and not even know it. If you do have one, then take it out to public areas, especially those that have been accessible for over a hundred years. The best places to look are old parks that are no longer in use. Coins dropped there are not likely to have been found. These areas can be found by speaking with a member of the local historical society or the clerk's office. It's amazing what some people will leave behind in their homes. If you happen to know a professional cleanup specialist (a person who prepares foreclosed and abandoned properties for showing), then you might have an inside track on old coins. These guys can often keep anything that they want from the clean out, so if they come across a jar of old coins, then you could probably pick it up from them on the cheap. If there are several antique stores in your area, then there is a good chance that at least one of them is a dealer in older coins. If this is the case, then keep an eye on spot silver prices. Most antique stores won't update their prices every day, so if the spot price on silver spikes, then you could buy coins at well below their worth. Do a bit of searching in your neighborhood, make note of the prices of the coins for sale, and determine at what price they would be a good buy.Finding silver coins is easy to do if you know where to look. Having the right equipment doesn't hurt either. You biggest asset when looking for silver coins is your social network. Get in good with a local bank teller and a cleanup specialist; maybe talk to a local auctioneer and estate sale company. The more places that you look will mean the better your chances of coming across some good silver coins.From 1942 to 1945, American nickels were made of 35 percent silver. The nickel was needed for war efforts. Many silver coin collectors do not realize that these nickels are worth well more than their face value. (MORE)
14 Mercury Head dimes = a little more than ounce of silver. Each dime has .07234oz of pure silver in them.
For modern U.S. quarters like you find in change, none. They don't contain any silver - they're made of copper and nickel. For quarters dated 1964 and earlier, each one cont…ains 5.625 gm of pure silver, almost exactly 1/5 of an ounce. So 5 old quarters contain a total of 1 oz of silver. (MORE)
One American Silver eagle dollar will make an ounce of silver. Only silver dollars dated 1935 and older contain silver. They contain about .77 troy ounces of silver. So about …1.3 Silver dollars 1935 and older would make an ounce of silver. (MORE)