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The Top 15 Most Valuable Dimes (2)

The dime is the smallest circulating coin currently manufactured by the United States Mint. The dimes that are listed here have prices that are far from being small. Discover what makes these dimes the most valuable in the world.

  • 01 of 16

    #15 - 1797 Draped Bust Dime - 16 Stars

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    Value: $199,750

    Grade: PCGS MS-66

    Sold: May 2015; Stack's/Bowers, The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part I, Sotheby's, New York

    Dimes were first minted by the United States Mint in 1796. Although we can't say for sure, this coin was probably designed by Gilbert Stuart and engraved by Robert Scot. It was tradition back then to add a star for every state in the union. When the mint first produced this coin in early 1797, there were only 13 stars on the coin. Since this coin has 16 stars, we know that the mint produced it in the second half of the year.

    The United States Mint reported that 25,261 dimes were minted that year. However, it was common practice to use a die from the previous year until it wore out or broke. It is possible that as many as 3,864 were produced with the 1796 date and were delivered to inventory in February 1797. Its pristine condition dictates its extreme value at almost $200,000.

  • 02 of 16

    #14 - 1798 Draped Bust Dime - Small 8

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    Value: $253,000

    Grade: NGC MS-66

    Sold: July 2008; Heritage Auctions, ANA U.S. Coin Signature Auction, Baltimore, MD

    In 1798, mint engraver Robert Scot redesigned the U.S. dime to feature a heraldic eagle on the reverse. This new reverse replaced a scrawny eagle that previously adorned the back of all U.S. dimes. In the early years of the United States Mint, mint workers produced coin dies individually and they engraved the date on the die by hand. This particular die variety has a smaller numeral 8 in the date than other coins produced in the same year. Its immaculate condition gives it its value of over a quarter of a million dollars.

  • #13 - 1871-CC Liberty Seated Dime

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    Value: $270,250

    Grade: NGC MS-65

    Sold: October 2014; Heritage Auctions, The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II of U.S. Coins, New York, NY

    The United States Mint produced Liberty Seated dimes from 1837 until 1891. Christian Gobrecht designed the dime's obverse and reverse. Minor design changes over the years resulted in four different varieties for this dime. Although some Proof coins have mintages as low as two, this is the tenth lowest business strike coin production in the Liberty Seated dime series.

  • 04 of 16

    #12 - 1873-CC Liberty Seated Dime - Arrows at Date

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    Value: $282,000

    Grade: PCGS MS-65

    Sold: August 2012; Stack's/Bowers, The ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, Philadelphia, PA

    The mint in Carson City, Nevada (CC mint mark) was built to produce coins for the United States from the Comstock Lode. Due to the rising cost of silver, The United States Mint reduced the weight of dimes from 2.67 grams to 2.49 grams in the middle of 1853. The mint added pointed arrows on each side of the date to indicate the reduced weight of the coin. The high grade of this particular coin, coupled with its low mintage from the Carson City mint facility, makes it extremely valuable.

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  • 05 of 16

    #11 - 1841 Proof Liberty Seated Dime - No Drapery

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    Value: $305,500

    Grade: NGC PR-67+

    Sold: November 2013; Heritage Auctions, Eric P. Newman Collection Part II Signature Auction, New York, NY

    The mint made minor changes to the Liberty Seated dime throughout its 55-year history. In 1837, when Christian Gobrecht first designed this dime, there was no drapery extending from Lady Liberty's left elbow. In 1840, the design was slightly modified to include drapery extending from her left elbow. However, in 1841, a Proof coin was produced at the Philadelphia mint that did not have any drapery extending from her elbow. Experts estimate that the mint produced only 2 to 3 of these coins.

  • 06 of 16

    #10 - 1803 Draped Bust Dime

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    Value: $322,000

    Grade: NGC MS-64

    Sold: July 2008; Heritage Auctions, ANA U.S. Coin Signature Auction, Baltimore, MD

    For a coin that is over 200 years old to survive in this fine of a condition is remarkable. When the United States was in its infancy, coin collecting was not a popular past time. People were more concerned with making ends meet then participating in a hobby. However, somebody removed this coin before it saw circulation and preserved it for future generations. This coin is the finest known 1803 bust dime, and hence it commands such a high price.

  • 07 of 16

    #9 - 1938-S Mercury Dime

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    Value: $364,500

    Grade: PCGS MS-68+

    Sold: June 2019; Legend Rare Coin Auctions; The Regency Auction 33

    There is nothing unusual about a 1938-S Mercury Dime. It is actually quite common and the United States Mint at San Francisco made 8,090,000 of them. A well-circulated example can be picked up for just two or three dollars. However, this coin not circulated and is in pristine condition. The Professional Coin Grading Service graded it as MS-68+. There is no finer example of this coin and a wealthy coin collector paid dearly to add it to his collection.

  • 08 of 16

    #8 - 1975 No S Proof Roosevelt Dime

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    Value: $456,000

    Grade: PCGS PR-68

    Sold: 2019 September; Heritage Auctions, Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature Auction, Long Beach, CA

    In 1975, the United States Mint only produced Proof coins at the San Francisco mint facility. Therefore, all coins should have an "S" mint mark on them. However, two coins escaped the mint with no mint mark. Experts have theorized that mint workers inadvertently prepared a Proof die without the mint mark. The mint supposedly destroyed all error coins produced without the "S" mintmark. However, two of them still exist. Previously, another example sold for $349,600 in August 2011 at a Stack's/Bowers, ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, in Chicago, IL.

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  • 09 of 16

    #7 - 1800 Draped Bust Dime

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    Value: $352,500

    Grade: PCGS MS-66

    Sold: June 2014; Heritage Auctions, The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of U.S. Coins, New York, NY

    Here is another example of an extremely old coin in extremely nice condition. Mint records reported that only 21,760 dimes were produced that year. Numismatists estimate that less than 100 of these 1800 dimes still exist for coin collectors to acquire. Since this example is extremely well struck and well preserved, it deserves this lofty coin grade. Any coin collector seeking to assemble the best collection possible of Draped Bust dimes would have to purchase this coin since it is the finest known example of all known 1800 Draped Bust dimes in existence.

  • 10 of 16

    #6 - 1797 Draped Bust Dime - 13 Stars

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    Value: $402,500

    Grade: NGC MS-65

    Sold: July 2008; Heritage Auctions, ANA U.S. Coin Signature Auction, Baltimore, MD

    At the beginning of 1797, the United States only consisted of 13 states. Therefore, mint engraver Robert Scot placed 13 stars around the obverse of the coin. Later that year, mint engraver Scot added three more stars to the obverse design. We know that the mint produced a total of 25,261 dimes in 1797. We do not know how many had 13 stars and how many had 16 stars. We do know that a 1797 dime in this fine of a condition is a truly rare and valuable coin.

  • 11 of 16

    #5 - 1822 Proof Capped Bust Dime

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    Value: $440,625

    Grade: PCGS PR-66 Cameo

    Sold: June 2014; Heritage Auctions, The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of U.S. Coins, New York, NY

    The United States Mint produced Capped Bust dimes designed by John Reich from 1809 until 1837. Proof coins exhibit extremely fine details and have all the characteristics of a complete and full strike. This coin embodies all these characteristics and has brilliant iridescent toning around the periphery of the coin. Experts estimate that the mint produced between two and five examples of these coins. This rare coin combined with its beautiful condition gives it a value approaching half a million dollars.

  • 12 of 16

    #4 - 1804 Draped Bust Dime - 14 Stars Reverse

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    Value: $632,500

    Grade: NGC AU-58

    Sold: July 2008; Heritage Auctions, ANA U.S. Coin Signature Auction, Baltimore, MD

    The United States Mint only produced a total of 8,264 dimes in 1804. Some of these dimes had 13 stars on the reverse between the eagle and the ring of clouds, while others have 14 stars on the reverse. Since the mint engravers engraved each of these dies by hand, the engraver determined how many stars he placed above the eagle's head. Numismatic experts estimate that there are 75 coins existing today with 13 stars and only 20 coins exist today with 14 stars on the reverse.

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  • 13 of 16

    #3 - 1796 Draped Bust Dime

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    Value: $881,250

    Grade: PCGS MS-67

    Sold: June 2014; Heritage Auctions, The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of U.S. Coins, New York, NY

    Although numismatists do not classify this coin as a Proof coin, experts agree that some special handling and preparation were involved in the production of this coin. Its details are extremely sharp which indicate that it was struck from a fresh set of dies. Also, there are no imperfections on the planchet that detract from its stunning beauty. Therefore, it is classified as a Specimen Strike.

    Although the mint produced over 22,000 of these coins, numismatists estimate that less than 1,000 exist today. For this coin to survive in this pristine condition and exhibit all the details of a specially struck coin is amazing and brings its value close to $1 million.

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    #2 - 1873-CC Liberty Seated Dime - No Arrows

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    Value: $1,880,000

    Grade: PCGS MS-65

    Sold: August 2012; Stack's/Bowers, The ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, Philadelphia, PA

    In 1873, all dimes produced at the Carson City, Nevada mint facility were to have pointed arrows on each side of the date. The mint did produce 12,400 dimes without any arrows by the date, but mint workers supposedly melted all of them. However, one example has survived to this day and is considered unique by numismatists. Given its unique status and extremely high level of preservation, this pushes the value of this coin close to $2 million.

  • 15 of 16

    #1 - 1894-S Barber Dime

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    Value: $1,997,500

    Grade: PCGS Branch Mint PR66

    Sold: January 2016; Heritage Auctions, FUN U.S. Coins Signature Auction, Tampa, FL

    Records indicate that the United States Mint produced twenty-four Proof dimes at the San Francisco mint facility in 1894. The reason for such a low production number of Proof dimes is unknown. Several popular theories include a rounding out of the mint's record books, or special presentation pieces given to bankers visiting the mint facility in San Francisco. Regardless of the reason, nine examples of this coin are known today, and this s the finest known example. The "Dr. Jerry Buss Specimen"is graded PR-63 and was subsequently auctioned in September 2019 and sold for $1,320,000.

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    Honorable Mention - 1916-D Mercury Dime

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    Value: $195,500

    Grade: PCGS MS-67 Full Bands

    Sold: August 2010; Heritage Auctions, ANA Signature & Platinum Night Auction, Boston, MA

    Although this coin technically does not fall into our "Top 15" list, it does deserve an honorable mention due to its amazing beauty and the Mercury dime series popularity with collectors.

    The United States Mint first produced Mercury dimes (also known as Winged Liberty Head dimes) in 1916. While the Philadelphia mint produced over 22 million coins, and the San Francisco mint produced over 10 million coins, the Denver mint only produced 264,000. This extremely low mintage, combined with strong demand, has made this coin extremely scarce and valuable. This particular coin is particularly well struck and has brilliant, colorful toning on both the obverse and reverse surfaces. Combine all of these factors, and you have the most valuable Mercury dime in the series.

The Top 15 Most Valuable Dimes (2024)

FAQs

The Top 15 Most Valuable Dimes? ›

Normally there will be a letter representing the mint mark. Should no letter be present, you may be in luck. Because of this error, this particular 1982 “No P” dime is considered rare and could be worth up to $2,000 (or even more).

What dimes are worth $2000? ›

Normally there will be a letter representing the mint mark. Should no letter be present, you may be in luck. Because of this error, this particular 1982 “No P” dime is considered rare and could be worth up to $2,000 (or even more).

What dimes are worth over $100? ›

There are a few rare business strikes, such as the 1916-D, 1921, and 1921-D. There are also some other scarce varieties, including the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates. All are worth hundreds of dollars or more in moderately circulated condition. Most Mercury dimes are relatively common in well-worn grades.

What is a 1999 D dime worth? ›

1999 D Roosevelt Dime Value

According to the NGC Price Guide, as of July 2024, a Roosevelt Dime from 1999 in circulated condition is worth between $0.15 and $0.35. However, on the open market 1999 D Dimes in pristine, uncirculated condition sell for as much as $30.

What to look for on a 1965 dime? ›

When you spot any 1965 dime, carefully inspect its ridged edge (this is technically called a “reeded” edge) to see whether there's a visible strip of copper-brown running around it. If so, you've got a correctly-made clad dime that's worth… 10 cents. The 1965 silver dimes are made from 90% silver.

What dimes after 1964 are worth money? ›

Generally, U.S. dimes made after 1964 are not worth much more than face value. However, those made before then are valued at higher prices than their face value. What's the story? Well, the earlier coins were predominantly made of silver up until the 1965 Coinage Act.

How rare is a 1975 No. S. Dime? ›

To date, there are only two known examples of the 1975 No S Roosevelt Dime. Only one of the two have traded recently at public auction. PCGS PR-68 #20519253: Fred Vollmer; unknown intermediaries; Ken Goldman; Sold in OGP. Stack's Bowers, August 13, 2011, Lot 7297 – $349,600.

How much is a 1977 No Mint Mark dime worth? ›

Examples between MS60 and MS63 are very common and command a price somewhere between $1 and face value. As a circulating coin with a large mintage of 376,607,228 pieces, non-Mint State examples have no numismatic premium and are only worth face value.

How much is a 1993 P dime worth? ›

For coins that have been well preserved in high Mint State grades, the value starts to climb, and in MS66 the 1993-P sells for an average of $12 at auction. Move one grade higher, and this type becomes much less common, with NGC and PCGS together certifying a total population of only 165 pieces.

What makes a 1968 dime rare? ›

The 1968 No S Proof Dime is a modern rarity and one of the most dramatic errors the Mint has ever made. The "error" in this case is that the Mint left the mintmark off the die when it was prepared in Philadelphia before shipment to San Francisco.

What is the hardest dime to find? ›

Except for one: the 1873-CC Liberty Seated dime “Without Arrows.” This rare dime is the sole survivor of the meltdown, making it the shining star of not only the Seated Liberty coin series, but the entire 19th century. It is, without a doubt, the most valuable dime to have ever been minted.

What dime is worth 1.9 million dollars? ›

The 1894-S Barber dime is a dime produced in the United States Barber coinage. It is one of the rarest and most highly prized United States coins for collectors, along with the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty Head nickel.

What year of dime is worth a lot of money? ›

What year of dimes are worth money? All of the dimes struck on silver before 1965 will be worth at least their melt value as "Junk Silver". Other extremely valuable dimes include the 1873-CC, 1894-S, 1938-S, among others.

What makes a 1965 dime valuable? ›

The 1965 silver dimes are made from 90% silver. So if you examine the edge of a 1965 silver dime, or any other silver dime for that matter, the edge will appear silver with no copper-colored strip. Weighing 1965 Roosevelt dimes can prove helpful. The silver dime, before circulating, weighs 2.50 grams (0.084 ounce).

How rare is a 1975 No. S. dime? ›

To date, there are only two known examples of the 1975 No S Roosevelt Dime. Only one of the two have traded recently at public auction. PCGS PR-68 #20519253: Fred Vollmer; unknown intermediaries; Ken Goldman; Sold in OGP. Stack's Bowers, August 13, 2011, Lot 7297 – $349,600.

Is a 1981 dime worth anything? ›

According to the NGC Price Guide, as of July 2024, a Roosevelt Dime from 1981 in circulated condition is worth between $0.15 and $0.35. However, on the open market 1981 P Dimes in pristine, uncirculated condition sell for as much as $30.

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