Silver Quarter Years

Written: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 3:23 pm PST

Perfect for a parking meter, gumball machine, or a satisfying addition to your piggy bank, the Canadian quarter is a well liked piece of change. You will not see a quarter being referenced in derogatory phrases such as ‘being nickel and dimed’, the quarter is still a worthy piece of metal. It is even referred to as a measurement guide, as in ‘about the size of a quarter’.

There have been small variations up unto 1999, and just one year of non-minatage in 1975. These coins were 90% silver up until 1964, at which time the US Mint switched to a copper and nickel mixture. Our coin system is based of the Spanish milled dollars. Free spins casinos. Sep 11, 2019 Quarters minted in the U.S. During the years 1964 or earlier are all made from 90% pure silver. This is also known as.900 fine silver. Shop For Silver Quarters Image source: USA Coinbook.

The technical name for what we call a quarter is a ‘25-cent piece’. First created in 1870, the Canadian quarter has a long history of change, having gone through many makeovers, inside and out.
Over time, the back of the quarter has showcased numerous kings and queens. Beginning with Queen Victoria in 1870, followed by King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, and finally, since 1953, Queen Elizabeth II.

The content of the quarter has altered considerably, from the weight of the coin, to the quality and quantity of metals, the ingredients have slowly evolved.

This table shows the composition of metals in quarters going back 140 years.

Production YearComposition
1870 – 1910 .925 Silver, .075 Copper
1910 – 1919 .925 Silver, .075 Copper
1920 – 1952 .800 Silver, .200 Copper
1953 – 1967 .800 Silver, .075 Copper (other 12.5% unknown)
1967b – 1968a .500 Silver, .500 Copper
1968b – 1999 .999 Nickel
2000 – present .940 Steel, .038 Copper, .022 Nickel Plating

Determining the silver content in each quarter is easy, just check the date and calculate. The chart below gives a quick summary. Dollars, half dollars, quarters and dimes from 1920 - 1966 are all 80% silver by weight. As an example, $10 worth of quarters from 1966 would contain 6.56 oz, or 7.20 troy oz of pure silver. With today’s prices of $16.90 per troy ounce, the 'melt' value of the coins would work out to $121.68.

Silver quarter years made

Real Silver Quarter Years

Production YearTotal Weight
Silver Weight (oz)Silver Weight (troy oz)
1870 – 1910 .204 oz.188.171
1910 – 1919.205 oz.189.172
1920 – 1952.205 oz.164.149
1953 – 1967.205 oz.164.149
1967b – 1968a.178 oz.089.081
1968b – 1999 .178 oz00
2000 – present.155 oz00

Note: A troy ounce is a unit of measurement used to gauge the weight of precious metals. One troy ounce is equivalent to 1.097 ounces.

The tricky part is that at one point, the quarter changed composition mid-year. Quarters made in 1967 and 1968 could go one way or another. An easy way to test this is with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the coin, it is made of nickel. If it doesn’t stick, the composition is likely to include silver.

Generally, it does not work well when a currency can be “melted down” for more money than the face value of the coin. Changing the material makeup of the currency has been the solution, one that has been used repeatedly over the course of the last century.

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So, next time you’re getting on the bus, going through a toll booth or washing your clothes at the Laundromat, check the dates on those old coins. You never know, you may be holding a quarter worth more than its value.