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Which coins were made of silver?

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Yes. Until the 1960s many countries of the world used silver in their coins. With the rising value of silver most , or probably all of them, have replaced the silver with other metals. Still, many countries use silver in special coins struck for coin collectors.

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Prior to 1965, the dime, quarter, half-dollar and dollar coins were all 90% silver. During WWII, nickels were minted with 35% silver but returned to our current composition after the war ended. The 20 cent piece and some 3 cent pieces were also minted in silver but those coins ended production long ago.

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That depends. In the US all half dollars, quarters, and dimes made before 1965 were made of 90% silver. Currently the US makes no silver coins intended for circulation. The US mints make special bullion coins made almost completely of silver.

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It depends on the country of origin, year, denomination and in some cases the mint mark or type of coin.

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