Comment: Junk silver.

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Junk silver.

Just to add to what jb said...They are valuable because of the 90% silver content.

A pre '65 quarter in those days would've bought you a gallon of gas. Today, gas prices are higher, but the same quarters will still buy you a gallon of gas because of the silver content in the quarters.

If you go to you will see that pre '65, Washington quarters are worth ~$4.86 because of their silver content alone. That is 1943.75% more than face value. Thus we can see how silver has held its' value over time and always has.

There doesn't even have to be some kind of crash as jb said for "junk silver" to be valuable at all. If it contains silver, it's worth something.