Silver Coin Prices
People who invest in silver will most commonly buy one ounce coins or ten ounce bars issued by different mints. However Junk Silver coins are an extremely effective way of investing in silver as I will explain. The value of junk silver coins will always reflect the price of silver so if the silver price rises by 10% so will the value of your Kennedy half dollar or mercury dime.
So How Can You Buy Junk Silver Coins
If you look online you may find different dealers offering to sell $1000 bags of junk silver. This means that the total face value of the coins in the bag is $1000 which at today's silver price could end up costing you well over $13 -14 000. Luckily many coin dealers will be willing to sell you these coins in small amounts. eBay is also an excellent place to pick up junk silver coins at reasonable prices. If you are buying small quantities it is not unreasonable to pay a premium of up to 15-20% over the spot price of silver for each coin. You could even try advertising on Craigslist for people looking to sell their coins.
When dealers give you a price for junk silver they may quote the price in terms of "face" (i.e. face value) so if they are chargin' 13 times face that means a Kennedy half dollar would be $6.50 for example. If all you are interested in is investing in silver be careful that you are not paying extra for proof sets or first strike - these will command higher premiums because they are rarer coins- leave these to the coin experts.
The one drawback with Junk Silver Coins is they all have odd amounts of silver in them for example a Mercury Dime contains 0.07234 ounces of silver in them making it slightly tricky to work out the exact value of the silver coin at any one time. To help you there are many online calculators such as the one in my signature that will give up to the minute values of different coins. Before bidding for these coins on eBay or buying in a coin shop make sure you know the current spot price of the coins you are going to buy so you know how much premium you are paying!!!!
Silver Coin Prices