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Rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 10668
Experience:  Antiques dealer for over 10 years specializing in porcelain, glass, art, furniture, coins, watches, sterling silver, pocket watches, and jewelry.
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Pearl. My husband and I are downsizing and have uncovered a

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Hi, Pearl. My husband and I are downsizing and have uncovered a bag of old coins. We have sorted through them and are wondering if they are valuable and if so how we might sell them.
JA: Don't you just love the idea of finding something valuable in your attic? I do, but I think all I have up there is junk my brothers abandoned before they left home. Always a good idea to check things with the antiques appraiser, though. Tell us what else you do know and the antiques appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: I have 6 Standing Liberty Half Dollars ranging from early 1930's-1945. I have Ben Franklin Half Dollars from the 1950's and 1960's. I have JFK Half Dollars. I have a Mercury head dime from 1944, 2 Buffalo Head Nickels from 1937. Also have some old pennies, 1941 and some marked with D and S. Can you help me determine the value of these coins?
JA: Is there anything else important you think the antiques appraiser should know?
Customer: At this point, I think that's it--just trying to get a general idea of how to proceed.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Rarewares replied 11 months ago.

Any silver coins dated before 1964 have 90% silver in them, so those are worth keeping and evaluating. Anything after 1964 had NO (or only 40%)silver content.

$17 to $20 each... Standing Liberty Half Dollars ranging from early 1930's-1945, made of 90% silver

$13 to $15 each...Ben Franklin Half Dollars from the 1950's and 1960's, made of 40% silver

$13 each...JFK Half Dollars made 1964 to 1970 made of 40% silver

3.00 to 3.10...Mercury head dime from 1944, 90% silver

1.00 to 1.50 each...2 Buffalo Head Nickels from 1937, highest value is for one that would have 3legs on the back of the buffalo ($500)

.15 to .18 each...Pennies 1941, some marked with D(Denver mint) and S (San Francisco mint)

Some sites that I recommend for selling are,,, Ebay and
You can also go to or and search their directory for an auction house near you and consign to them.

To finish, I will need you to click the five stars at the top right of your screen and hit the green submit button, thanks!

Expert:  Rarewares replied 11 months ago.

I am following up to see if you have read your answer and need further help with this item.
Please do let me know.