Neil S Berman
Expert Numismatist & Foreign Coin Dealer
40% Silver Clad Half Dollars & War Nickels
After the US stopped minting silver coins for commerce in 1964, they continued to mint Kennedy Half Dollar coins with 40% silver clad over a copper core between 1965 and 1970. These Half Dollars are worth more than their face value and we buy them at a multiple of their face value.
Because in 1942 there was a real chance that we might lose the war with Germany and Japan, the War Department preemptively and strategically bought all nickel and copper in the United States, therefore the US Mint made silver nickels from 1942 until 1945. All silver nickels have a Large Mint Mark over the dome of Monticello on the reverse. Because they are 35% silver, they are worth more than face value and we always pay a premium to buy them.