Is it worth buying? I've got some of British, Australian, Swiss and Swedish junk silver coins which I accumulated in lots which I bought at spot. I found a few nice coins in those lots worth more than spot so I am ahead.
But one reason people buy junk is for its barter value if the economy goes haywire. And in the USA the 90% US junk will be more easily recognized. Other junk may have silver content but people may not know how much. I only have about 3-4% as much in foreign junk as US junk so it is not that big a deal, but I was kind of curious.
I first got interested in silver by reading Howard Ruff's little book. He said to buy junk silver before anything else, which I did. But then he also said to by SLV. Having been accumulating gold and silver for some time now I am convinced he was wrong about SLV and I am having my doubts as to whether the junk silver was as important as he made it out to be.