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theo
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  21:34:46  Show Profile Send theo a Private Message
According to coinflation some of the 1968 quarters/dimes are 80% silver while others are 50%. Coinflation also seems to imply that yet more of these coins are made of nickel and no silver:

"1968 - 1999 Quarter $0.25 $0.0935647"

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I've heard that there is no way to tell the 50% coins apart from the 80%. However is there a way to tell 0% silver (nickel) coins a part from the other two; like perhaps by weight?

Edited by - theo on 07/20/2010 09:52:32

Nickelmeister
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  21:49:23  Show Profile Send Nickelmeister a Private Message
This topic comes up time to time. He are the facts:

All 1966 and earlier Canadian coins are 80% silver. Actually, pre-1920 are sterling, but that's another matter.
In 1967 they changed the composition of just the dime and quarter midway through the year from 80% to 50%. These are indistiguishable and dealers typically average out '67 quarters and dimes to "65%" silver by weight. In mid-1968 the composition was once again reduced from 50% to nothing. To differentiate these coins is extremely simple - just use a magnet. The pure nickel ones will stick and the 50% silver ones will not.

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didou
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Canada
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  21:58:58  Show Profile Send didou a Private Message
1968 Canadian Quarter/Dimes are either 50% silver or nickel. Use a magnet, silver won't stick, nickels does.

1967 Canadian Quarter/Dimes are either 50% or 80% silver. there is no way to know even by weight. maybe a acid test would do the trick but i don't think it's worth it. when i buy a very small amount i always pay as if they where 50%, for large amount you can pay like if they we're 65% silver (assuming that in a large bag you will get half of each)

Edited by - didou on 07/19/2010 22:00:39
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didou
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Canada
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  22:12:35  Show Profile Send didou a Private Message
For dimes it's a very easy way to sort a large amount. Spread them on a table or something and use a magnet, the only one who don't stick are either silver or US dimes. Every Canadian dimes ever made are either silver or they stick to a magnet (nickels or steel).

After thinking about it that may work for quarters too but i never really test it. I have sort a lot of dimes that way, only found very few in silver.
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Kiwiman
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  22:40:01  Show Profile Send Kiwiman a Private Message
yep magnet
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theo
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  22:42:30  Show Profile Send theo a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by didou

For dimes it's a very easy way to sort a large amount. Spread them on a table or something and use a magnet, the only one who don't stick are either silver or US dimes. Every Canadian dimes ever made are either silver or they stick to a magnet (nickels or steel).

After thinking about it that may work for quarters too but i never really test it. I have sort a lot of dimes that way, only found very few in silver.



Great responses guys, thanks. FYI. The magnet test appears to work on nickel quarters as well.
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jadedragon
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Posted - 07/20/2010 :  12:26:18  Show Profile Send jadedragon a Private Message
Also I can now tell silver from nickel by sight pretty reliably, even edge checking in a roll. Just takes a little practice.

Circulated silver looks dull and/or tarnished. Nickel will have more shine.

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