What is Junk Silver

Junk Silver is used to describe pre-1965 silver U.S. dimes, quarters, halves and dollar coins. These coins contain a whopping 90% pure silver and can be found in your pocket change.
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Junk Silver | Finding Silver In Coinstar Machines

I have mentioned before one of the idiosyncrasies of Coinstar is the machines have the tendancy to reject junk silver coins. I have found pre 1965 dimes and quarters in the reject tray on more than one occasion. The secret I have learned is WHEN to search the Coinstar machine.

Sunday morning I went to the market to pick up a few things for breakfast. While shopping, I heard one of my favorite sounds in the world; someone emptying a container of coins into the Coinstar machine. It's magical because I know when they are done there is a very good chance they will leave something in the reject tray at the bottom of the machine.

However, it got better from there. Not only was one person swapping out their spare change in the Coinstar machine, but two more were waiting right behind him. I took a few minutes to observe the situation. All men, all on Sunday morning and all dumping their coins off that morning. It turns out this is a big day to get rid of all that change at Coinstar.

After the three had completed their transactions, had taken their slips to the customer service counter for redemption and had left the store, my son went and checked the tray. Sure enough he found an old nickel and a couple of foreign coins. No junk silver - this time - but there were more rejected coins in the tray than we normally find.

Maybe the busy day for Coinstar is different where you live. But Sundays will be the day I check out Coinstar near my home for the possibility of locatiing some easy junk silver coins.

Happy hunting!
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