In this Article:Article SummaryCleaning Silver CoinsMelting the Coins. .. Since then, it is legal to melt silver coinage, as there is little, if any, in circulation.
It is, however, illegal to melt U.S. pennies and nickels (silver 'war' nickels can be melted). See the 120-Day Ruling Press Release and Final Ruling Press Release, and recent/current law at the U.S. Mint website (which also confirms that melting silver coins was illegal from 1967-1969).
It came out in a italian forum. I was telling them that with silver at these levels there is the chance that a lot of silver coins are going to be melted .