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Popular Silver Products We Carry

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  Pre-1965 US 90% Silver Dimes, Quarters & Halves Often referred to as "Junk Silver", these are United States silver dimes, quarters and half dollars that were in circulation as pocket change back the 1960's and before.  These coins are all dated 1964 & before and were made of 90% Silver with 10% Copper added for durability in circulation.  Since they were made by the US Mint, their silver quality is always totally consistent and recognized worldwide.  These coins are sold by the Dollar Face Value (One Dollar face value is either 10-dimes, 4-quarters or 2-halves), and each Dollar contained about 3/4 of an ounce when newly minted.    The US 90% Junk Silver Coins are very recognizable and popular due to their small per-unit size.  "Preppers" often buy these for potential bartering because you can just count out whatever quantity you need for the transaction. As a final note on these, their Premium above the base silver value is usually relatively low becau

World War II Era Foreign Paper Money

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One of the more common questions we receive is about the value of World War 2 era European and Pacific Theater paper currency that our customers have run across as they go through the belongings of an older family member.  Usually, these notes were brought back to the States by soldiers returning from the war. As the soldiers were clearing out buildings and towns in WW2, they often came across paper currency like French Francs and German Marks. By the time the war started, many of those bills were already obsolete, and no longer legal tender to spend, due to monetary changes or changes of governments. The original owners had kept them hoping they would one day have value again, much like people kept Confederate currency after the Civil War ended, on the hopes that the South would rise again. Some, like the Philippines and nearby Pacific Islands, were issued by the Japanese because they thought they would control those islands indefinitely. When the Allied troops liberated the i