How Much Silver is in a Silver Dollar? | 5 Coin Types

When people want to learn how much silver is in a silver dollar coin, the vast majority are likely looking up older US 90% silver dollar coin.

Here we cover five various silver dollar coins for overall silver weights and content.

Both Morgan dollar silver coins and Peace dollar silver coins, are formerly circulating silver dollar coins our forefathers used in daily transactions.

How much silver do older 90% US silver dollar coins have?

Circulated silver dollar coins typically weigh 26.73 grams in total. Made with 90% silver these older silver dollar coins usually contain just over 24.05 grams of silver content.

In troy ounces, which are measurements more commonly used than grams in the USA, older circulated silver dollar coins weigh 0.8593 troy ounces in total. They, therefore, contain just over 0.7734 troy ounces of silver content.

Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Mintages 1878 - 1904 & in 1921

The 90% Morgan Dollar silver coins got struck over a 28-year timeframe. Just over 305,000,000 of these 90% silver Morgan Dollar coins were minted and issued.

Peace Silver Dollar Coins: Minted 1921 - 1935

The 90% Peace Dollar silver coin was the final silver dollar coin minted for circulation in the United States of America.

The US Mint made just over 111,000,000 of these 90% Peace Silver Dollar coins got minted in a total 10-year timeframe of mintages.

Here at SD Bullion you can buy or sell these two circulated silver dollar coins and other smaller US 90% Junk Silver Coins.

The following short video gives a more in-depth perspective as to why silver investors love older 90% silver dollars and smaller circulated junk silver coins.


Uncirculated 40% Eisenhower Silver Dollar Coins (1971-1976)

Unlike the more common cupronickel 1971 to 1978 version of this coin. The various uncirculated and proof collector versions of this design have 40% silver within them. The 40% silver Ike coins weigh 24.59 grams overall and therefore have about 9.83 grams of silver in each. In troy ounces, they contain 0.316 troy ounces of silver in each uncirculated 40% silver dollar coin.

Between both the 40% silver uncirculated and proof Ike coins, a total of about 49 million got struck in the silver coin collecting public.

American Silver Eagle Coins,
$1 US dollar legal tender face value (1986-Today)

Modern 1 troy ounce US silver dollar coins got made with .999 fine silver bullion content. The popular Silver Eagle bullion coin gets stamped with artificially low legal tender face values of 1 US dollar, yet their silver melt value is markedly higher in value.

The modern Silver Eagle Coin is yet are another example of Gresham’s Law (how fiat currency drives out sound circulating monies). Modern 1 oz fine silver dollar coins do not circulate with high velocity like fiat Federal Reserve notes do. The latter fiat US dollars by design, lose value over time to silver bullion.

These more modern silver dollar coins typically yield holders selling silver bullion; a fiat Federal Reserve note bid price of around $1 above the fluctuating silver spot price.

In times of scarce silver bullion supply availability, the prices for these modern silver dollar coins can appreciate well above the ongoing derivative driven silver spot price (e.g., fall 2008, early 2009 peaking around +80% above the then silver spot price in the retail silver bullion market).

Given that they have one troy ounce of fine silver, these silver dollar coins, therefore, contain 31.1035 grams of pure silver weight guaranteed by the US government.

The 1 oz American Silver Eagle coin has become the world’s most highly purchased silver bullion product over the last +30 years of issuance. Over 500 million have been struck and sold to the investing public since 1986.


America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Dollar Coins (2010-2021)

Modern large America the Beautiful (ATB) silver bullion coins are a collectible series of silver bullion coins with another arbitrarily low legal tender face value of a quarter dollar (25¢). These fine silver bullion coins contain five troy ounces of silver or 155.517 grams of silver bullion.

In terms of sheer size per silver dollar coin, these are the largest-sized silver bullion coins ever issued by the United States Mint

By the end of this 5 oz America the Beautiful Silver Dollar Coin series run, just over 3 million pieces will have been minted and sold to the silver investing public worldwide.

The design of these 5 oz silver dollar coins replicate each specific unique design of the smaller cupronickel America the Beautiful 25¢ circulating quarter coins. The 5 oz America the Beautiful Silver Dollar Coin series, has been issued since 2010 and will continue to be released until at least the year 2021.


To learn more about best practices when buying or selling bullion. Be sure to pick up our free SD Bullion Guide by email right now.

Thank you for visiting us here at SD Bullion.


← Previous Next →
James Anderson
James Anderson
Senior Market Analyst & Content

A bullion buyer years before the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, James Anderson is a grounded precious metals researcher, content creator, and physical investment grade bullion professional. He has authored several Gold & Silver Guides and has been featured on the History Channel, Zero Hedge, Gold-Eagle, Silver Seek, Value Walk and many more. You can pick up Jame's most recent, comprehensive 200+ Page book here at SD Bullion.

Given that repressed commodity values are now near 100-year low level valuations versus large US stocks, James remains convinced investors and savers should buy and maintain a prudent physical bullion position now, before more unfunded promises debase away in the coming decades...