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When you say a dime you know you are talking about the smallest circulating coin and something that actually has no real value at all. I mean what can you even buy for 10 cents nowadays? Nothing. Or maybe you are wrong?

I know you all are confused now, but this really depends on what kind of dime you have. Just as you know, there are some rare and valuable coins. Some have a face value of $200, $100, $50, $5, or a quarter dollar, and believe it or not some dimes can fetch you some nice amount of money.

So I gave myself a task to explore and learn which dimes worth money and write this comprehensive list. I hope that after reading this article you’ll all check on your pocket change, you can never know, maybe you have one with you.

Evolution Of The U.S. Dime

As usual let us briefly talk about the history and evolution of the U.S. dime. The dime is the smallest and thinnest U.S. coin and its face value is 10 cents. The denomination of the dime was in use for the first time in 1792. And in French, it means a “tenth part” of the decimal. In fact, the dime was the first coin ever minted in the U.S. even before the official mints existed.

Types of U.S. Dimes

Currently, the U.S. dime features a portrait of Franklin Roosevelt on the front side, while on the back side you’ll find an olive branch, oak branch, and a torch. This design is in use from 1946 until this day, however, the design of the dime was changed from time to time, and here is the list of all his previous looks:

  • Disme – this was the very first design created in 1792. It had the face value of one dollar which is odd. This particular coin was minted in some smaller amount but never released into circulation.
  • Draped Bust – the second dime design from 1796 and the first design that was released into circulation. It features a portrait of Lady Liberty on the front side and a bald eagle with live branches on the backside. This coin was minted until 1807.
  • Seated Liberty – the third design portrays Lady Liberty sitting on a rock while she is holding a shield and a liberty flag. On the back side, ONE DIME is engraved and decorated with a wreath. This coin was minted in the period from 1837 until 1891.
  • Barberthis design got its name after Charles Barber who created them. The front side of these dimes shows the bust of Liberty wearing a cap and headband. The back side has ONE DIME engraved and decorated with wreath, similar to the previous design. These coins were minted from 1892 until 1916.
  • Mercury – also known as the Winged Liberty Head. This coin design portrays a Roma goddess Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap with wings. On the back side, you’ll find a juxtaposed and an olive branch twisted around it. The coin was minted from 1919 until 1945.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt – current dime design was in use since 1946. His portrait was placed on a dime coin to honor him shortly after he died in 1945.

In the past dimes were minted out of silver, except the first ones which were made of copper. However, as I mentioned in the previous articles in 1965 congress made The Coinage Act, which completely changed the material composition for minting. From 1965 all coins are minted out of a combination of copper and nickel instead of silver.

Like with many other coins, the most valuable dimes are the old ones that are kept in great minting condition. This does not mean the coin is flawless. It is normal that your old coin changes in color with time due to oxidation.

Dimes that are worth some money nowadays are in excellent condition and rare because of their production errors, or mall quantities produced.

The Comprehensive List Of The Dimes That Is Worth Collecting

Name Mintage Metal composition Diameter and weight Varieties Year Estimated value for uncirculated coins
1894-S Barber Dimes,

Branch Mint PR66 PCGS Secure. CAC

24 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1894 $1,997,500
1796 Draped Bust Dimes,

MS67 PCGS. CAC. JR-1, R.3

22,135 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

No 1796 $881,250
1804 Draped Bust Dimes,

14 Stars on Reverse AU58 NGC. CAC

8,265 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1804 $632,500
1975 No S Roosevelt Dime

PR68 PCGS

N/A

Only two of these coins are known to exist

91.67% copper 8.33% nickel 17.9mm

2.27 grams

No 1975 $456,000
1822-P Capped Bust Dimes,

PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. JR-1, R.3, R.8

100,000 89% silver

11% copper

18.8 mm

2.7 grams

No 1822 $440,625
1797 Draped Bust Dimes – 13 Stars,

MS65 NGC

N/A 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1797 $402,500
1938-S Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS68+ FB CAC

8,090,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1938 $364,250
1800 Draped Bust Dimes,

MS66 PCGS. CAC. JR-2, R.5

21,760 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

No 1800 $352,500
1803-P Draped Bust Dimes,

MS64 NGC

33,040 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

No 1803 $322,000
1931-S Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS67+ FB CAC

1,800,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1931 $270,250
1798 Draped Bust Dimes,

Small 8 MS66 NGC. JR-3, R.5.

27,550 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1798 $253,000
1798/7 Draped Bust Dime. John Reich-2. Rarity-6. 13 Star Reverse. Mint State-63 N/A 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1798 $199,750
1797-P Draped Bust Dime. 1797 16 Stars. John Reich-1. Mint State-66 N/A 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1797 $199,750
1916-D Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS67 Full Bands PCGS. CAC

264,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1916 $195,500
1805 Draped Bust Dimes,

4 Berries, JR-2, R.2, MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC

N/A 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1805 $188,000
1838-P Seated Liberty Dimes,

No Drapery PR66 ★ NGC

1,992,500 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.67 grams

Yes 1838 $182,125
1804 Draped Bust Dime. 13 Star. John Reich-1. Rarity-5. About Uncirculated-55 N/A 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1804 $164,500
1919-D Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS66 CAC

9,939,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1919 $156,000
1820-P Capped Bust Dimes,

PR66 NGC. CAC. JR-7, R.8

N/A 89% silver

11% copper

18.8mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1820 $156,000
1820-P Capped Bust Dimes,

Small 0, JR-2, R.3, MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC

N/A 89% silver

11% copper

18.8 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1820 $152,750
1833-P Capped Bust Dimes,

PR66 PCGS

485,000 89% silver

11% copper

18.5 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1833 $149,500
1918-S Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS67 CAC

19,300,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1918 $144,000
1835-P Capped Bust Dimes,

PR67 PCGS. JR-4, R.2

1,410,000 89% silver

11% copper

18.5 mm

2.7 grams

No 1835 $143,750
1802-P Draped Bust Dimes,

MS62 NGC. JR-4, R.4.

10,975 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

No 1802 $138,000
1942/1-P Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

FS-101 MS66 CAC

N/A 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2% grams

Yes 1942 $120,000
1801-P Draped Bust Dimes,

JR-1, R.4, MS65 NGC. CAC.

34,640 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

No 1801 $111,652
1824-P Capped Bust Dimes : 4 Over 2 – Pointed Top, PR67 NGC. JR-1, High R.7 N/A 89% silver

11% copper

18.8 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1824 $108,000
1837-P Seated Liberty Dimes,

No Stars PR67 PCGS. CAC. V-1

682,500 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.67 grams

Yes 1837 $105,750
1923-S Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS66 FB

6,440,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1923 $105,750
1945-P Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS67+ Full Bands CAC

159,130,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1945 $96,000
1853-P Liberty Seated Half Dime. Arrows. V-4. Proof-64 (PCGS). CAC. 1,100,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.67 grams

Yes 1853 $96,000
1831-P Capped Bust Dimes,

John Reich-5. Rarity-1. Mint State-68

 

771,350 89% silver

11% copper

18.5 mm

2.7 grams

No 1831 $94,000
1814-P Capped Bust Dime. John Reich-1. Rarity-3. Small Date. Mint State-66+ N/A 89% silver

11% copper

18.8 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1814 $94,000
1825-P Capped Bust Dimes,

PR67 NGC. JR-2, R.7

N/A 89% silver

11% copper

18.8 mm

2.7 grams

No 1825 $92,000
1842 Seated Liberty Dimes,

PR68 ★ Ultra Cameo NGC

1,887,500 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.67 grams

Yes 1842 $92,000
1845-O Seated Liberty Dimes,

PR68 NGC

230,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.67 grams

Yes 1845 $92,000
1935-S Mercury,

Winged Liberty Silver Dime,

MS68 Full Bands

15,840,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1935 $90,000
1830-P Capped Bust Dime. John Reich-6. Rarity-7+ as a Proof. Large 10C. Proof-65 Cameo N/A 89% silver

11% copper

18.5 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1830 $88,125
1798-P Draped Bust Dime. Large 8. John Reich-4. Rarity-3. Mint State-64 N/A 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1798 $82,250
1831-P Capped Bust Dimes,

PR67 NGC. JR-2, R.7

771,350 89% silver

11% copper

18.5 mm

2.7 grams

No 1831 $81,000
1807-P Draped Bust Dime. John Reich-1. Rarity-2. Mint State-66 165,000 89% silver

11% copper

19 mm

2.7 grams

No 1807 $76,375
1834-P Capped Bust Dimes,

John Reich-5. Rarity-1. Large 4. Mint State-67+

635,000 89% silver

11% copper

18.5 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1834 $70,500
1829-P Capped Bust Dime. JR-7. Rarity-8, as Proof. Small 10 C. Proof-66 N/A 89% silver

11% copper

18.5 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1829 $70,500
1821-P Capped Bust Dime. John Reich-2. Rarity-6+. Large Date. Mint State-66 1,186,512 89% silver

11% copper

18.8 mm

2.7 grams

Yes 1821 $70,500
1843-P Seated Liberty Dimes,

Tripled Date PR67 ★ NGC.

N/A 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.67 grams

Yes 1843 $69,000
1900-O Barber Dimes,

PR68+ Cameo PCGS. CAC

2,010,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1900 $66,000
1893-S Barber Dimes,

MS67 PCGS

2,491,401 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1893 $63,250
1809 Capped Bust Dime. JR-1, the only known dies. Rarity-3+. MS-66 51,065 89% silver

11% copper

18.8 mm

2.7 grams

No 1809 $60,000
1895-O Barber Dimes,

MS67 PCGS

440,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1895 $58,755
1839-P Liberty Seated Dime. No Drapery. V-2. Repunched Date. Proof-65 Cameo 1,053,115 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.67 grams

Yes 1839 $55,812
1838-O Liberty Seated Dime, No Stars MS66 PCGS. CAC. V-1 N/A 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm
2.67 grams
Yes 1838 $49,937
1968 No S

Roosevelt Dime PR68 Cameo PCGS

N/A

Extremely rare. The estimation is that there are only 6 examples known so far.

75% copper

25% nickel

17.9 mm

2.27 grams

No 1968 $48,875
1895-P

Barber Dime, MS67 PCGS

690,880 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1895 $46,000
1855-P Seated Liberty Dimes,

MS68 NGC. CAC

2,075,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.49 grams

No 1855 $44,650
1854-O Seated Liberty Dimes,

Arrows MS67 PCGS

1,770,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.49 grams

Yes 1854 $32,200
1865-S Seated Liberty Dimes,

MS66+ CAC.

175,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.49 grams

Yes 1865 $30,550
1951 Roosevelt Dime, PR68 Deep Cameo N/A

Until now only 9 examples appeared on the market

90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

No 1951 $23,500
1956-P Roosevelt Dime, PR69 Deep Cameo 109,309,384 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1956 $19,975
1950-P Roosevelt Dime, PR68 Deep Cameo 50,181,500 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1950 $18,800
1949-P Roosevelt Dime, MS-68 FB 30,940,000 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1949 $13,200
1999-D Roosevelt Dime, MS65 Brown 1,397,750,000 91.67% copper  8.33% nickel 17.9 mm

2.27 grams

Yes 1999 $12,500

 

*not sold yet*

1964-P Roosevelt SMS Dime, SP66 933,310,762 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1964 $10,200
1983 Roosevelt Dime No S PCGS Proof-70 DCAM N/A 91.67% copper  8.33% nickel 17.9 mm

2.27 grams

No 1983 $9,600
1967 Roosevelt Dime, SMS MS68 Deep Cameo PCGS N/A 75% copper

25% nickel

17.9 mm

2.27 grams

No 1967 $9,987
1956-P Roosevelt Dime, MS68 Full Bands 109,309,384 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1956 $9,987
1954-P Roosevelt Dimes, PR68 Deep Cameo 114,243,503 90% silver

10% copper

17.9 mm

2.5 grams

Yes 1954 $9,400
1972-S Roosevelt Dimes,

PR70 Deep Cameo

3,260,996 91.67% copper  8.33% nickel 17.9 mm

2.27 grams

Yes 1972 $8,400

How To Identify Rare Dimes?

Like with all other dimes you must have some basic knowledge about the U.S. dime’s history and how its design evolved. I mentioned that there are a few different designs of this coin, and each represents a different era.

When you try to identify your potentially rare dime make sure you look for the following:

  • Mint mark and date – Minting date is very important since this way you’ll know which dime you have. For example, if your coin is dated 1938 it must have a Liberty goddess with a winged cap, all other portraits are fake. Also, pay attention to the mint marks. Dimes were minted in San Francisco (s), Denver (D), New Orleans (O), Carson City (CC), and Philadelphia (P). Keep in mind that if there is no mining mark. In the case of dime coins, those are probably produced in Philadelphia, however, visit some specialist for consultation.
  • Condition of the coin – The current state of the coin is crucial. No matter how rare the coin is if it is damaged (some people clean coins and damage the surface) its value is lower. If you have a Disme dime it must be in a good condition since these coins weren’t used, the only markings that are acceptable are discoloration or corrosion.
  • Material composition – Check with your reliable coin specialist if the coin material composition is compatible with the era when it is made. Remember all coins before 1965 are made with higher silver content, if the content is lower than 80% the coin is fake!

Where To Look For Rare Dimes?

Of course, your first stop should be your wallet and your pocket change since some rare and available Roosevelt dimes are still circulating! So make sure that after you hit your favorite local coffee shop and you decide to tip the water check your coins (you might be tipping him/her with more than you think).

What I usually told you is to check the Internet auction stores as well as specialized stores where you can buy coins. But since the dimes aren’t so valuable, and there are too many of them, I suggest another approach.

Visit your local coin dealer and buy dimes in rolls or bulks. It will cost you around $5 dollars, but since you buy 50 pieces you have 50 chances to find the scarce and valuable coin! Also, check for the coin machines. These machines convert loose change into paper cash. A lot of people don’t know when they have a valuable dime and swap it for money without knowing.

If all that fails, you can always do some research on your own. These are the most reliable places where you can look:

If you need help with identifying or finding some particular coin you can always post a question on the Coin Community forum.

FAQ

What are the most valuable dimes?

All dimes produced before 1965 have some value since they are made from silver. However, if you want to score a big deal make sure you look for the following pieces:

  • 1894-S Barber dimes
  • 1796 Draped Busted dimes
  • 1804 Draped Busted dimes
  • 1975-S Roosevelt dimes
  • 1822-P Capped Bust dimes
  • 1938-S Mercury dimes
  • 1975 No S Roosevelt dimes
  • 1873-CC Liberty Seated dime

What are most sought-after Roosevelt dimes that we can find in the circulation nowadays?

To be honest, finding these dimes in your pocket change or on the bank curb in your street is very unlikely, but it is still possible. Look for the following:

  • Roosevelt 1949-S – there are 13 million of these coins minted, the rarest ones are with the S mint mark.
  • Roosevelt 1955 – they have low mintage and theta re great collectible. The most sought-after is one with the P mint marking or the uncirculated version in MS-62 or higher condition.
  • Roosevelt 1996-W – extremely rare, and this one you won’t be able to find in your pocket change since most are uncirculated. They were minted in 1996 as a part of a proof set.
  • Roosevelt 1946 – this one is pretty easy to find compared to the other 4 specimens listed here.
  • Roosevelt 1982 No P marking – very rare, and valuable due to its minting error – missing the P mint marking.

Why there is no mint mark on dimes minted in Philadelphia?

Since dimes weren’t such valuable coins most of them that were produced in the Philadelphia Mint didn’t have marks. Mostly because this mint was overcrowded with work and before the ‘80s mint marks were hand punched, so you get the point.

However, in the 1980s Philadelphia mint began applying mintmarks to dimes. The good thing about having no mint mark is the value. Some coins that are produced in Philadelphia and don’t have mint marks are scarce variety nowadays, like 1982 Roosevelt dimes.

So Toos A Coin Or Not?

After reading this article I’m sure you all changed the way you look at your dimes. I’m sure some of you even went to check what they have in your wallet while in the middle of reading this article.

Now that we learned that dimes are common coins that can bring you up to a few thousand dollars, you understand why they are so highly appreciated by collectors. Imagine having a 10-cent coin that you can sell for approximately $2 million. This is a shocking price considering its face value and material composition. That is what I call a good and smart investment!

Remember rare and valuable coins are a great way to invest your savings since these collectibles and rarities are not subject to inflation!

Also Read: 15 Most Valuable Roosevelt Dimes (1975-S Roosevelt Dime No-S PR68 Sold in 2019 For $456,000.00)

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