How Much Is A Silver Dime Worth? (Price Chart)

Dimes are the first coins the US Mint made. Minting began in 1792 when George Washington ordered the first run, but the US Mint made the first silver dime in 1796. By the Coinage Act, all coins made after 1965 were made of copper and nickel.

The most expensive dimes are those in mint condition, but coloration changes are expected and desirable. Plus, you can find dimes with production errors, and those dime values are sometimes unexpectedly high.

Valuable Dimes

As you can imagine, rare dimes are an excellent investment and valuable collectibles. Once you start your own collection, you should learn to differentiate rare dimes from those that are not rare.

However, their price is significantly higher than the face value in both cases, especially if you have:

Pre-1965 silver dimes

Barber dimes, Roosevelt dimes, and Mercury dimes made of 90% silver are worth more than $2.

Error dimes

Dimes with broad strokes, off-center strikes, and die breaks are worth $5 to $25, sometimes even more.

Dimes with semi-key dates

  • Mercury dime (1921) – $55
  • Mercury dime (1921 D) – $70
  • Roosevelt dime (1949) – $3
  • Roosevelt dime (1949 S) – $4
  • Roosevelt dime (1949 D) – $3
  • Roosevelt dime (1950) – $3
  • Roosevelt dime (1950 S) – $3
  • Roosevelt dime (1996 W) – $10

Early Dimes (1796 to 1837)

  • Draped Bust dimes made before 1809 are worth more than $500
  • Capped Bust dime (1809) – $475
  • Capped Bust dime, 11 over 09 (1811) – $200
  • StatesOfAmerica Capped Bust dime (1814) – $300
  • StatesOfAmerica Capped Bust dime (1820) – $300
  • Capped Bust dime (1822) – $1,750
  • Capped Bust dime, flat top 1 in 10C (1827) – $400
  • Capped Bust dime, curl base 2 (1829) – $5,000

Liberty Seated dimes (1837 to 1891)

Liberty Seated dimes (1837 to 1891)
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  • Liberty Seated dime (1838 O) – $150
  • Liberty Seated dime (1843 O) – $150
  • Liberty Seated dime (1844) – $150
  • Liberty Seated dime (1846) – $175
  • Liberty Seated dime (1856 S) – $285
  • Liberty Seated dime (1858 S) – $145
  • Liberty Seated dime (1859 S) – $170
  • Liberty Seated dime (1859) with the reverse of 1860 and the obverse of 1859 with stars is worth at least $5,000
  • Liberty Seated dime (1860 O) – $475
  • Liberty Seated dime (1861 S) – $125
  • Liberty Seated dime (1862 S) – $130
  • Liberty Seated dime (1863) – $550
  • Liberty Seated dime (1864) – $250
  • Liberty Seated dime (1865) – $400
  • Liberty Seated dime (1866) – $675
  • Liberty Seated dime (1867) – $500
  • Liberty Seated dime (1870 S) – $200
  • Liberty Seated dime (1871 CC) – $2,750
  • Liberty Seated dime (1872 CC) – $1,100
  • Liberty Seated dime (1873 CC) – $1,000,000
  • Liberty Seated dime, doubled die (1873) – $450
  • Liberty Seated dime (1873 CC) – $2,750
  • Liberty Seated dime (1874 CC) – $7,000
  • Liberty Seated dime (1878 CC) – $140
  • Liberty Seated dime (1879) – $175
  • Liberty Seated dime (1880) – $135
  • Liberty Seated dime (1881) – $150
  • Liberty Seated dime (1885 S) – $380

Barber dimes

  • Barber dime with 3 over 2 (1893) – $135
  • Barber dime (1894 S) – $1,000,000
  • Barber dime (1895 O) – $350

Mercury dimes

  • Mercury dime (1916 D) – $1,000
  • Mercury dime with 42 over 41 (1942) – $600
  • Mercury dime with 42 over 41 (1942 D) – $650

Roosevelt dimes

  • Roosevelt dime, no-S (1968) – $10,000
  • Roosevelt dime, no-S (1970) – $450
  • Roosevelt dime, no-S (1975) – $300,000
  • Roosevelt dime, no-P (1982) – $125
  • Roosevelt dime, no-S (1983) – $500

Most Valuable US Dimes

Most Valuable US Dimes
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According to the USA Coin Book, the most valuable dimes are:

  • Seated Liberty dimes
  • Roosevelt dimes
  • Draped Bust dimes
  • Capped Bust dimes
  • Mercury dimes
  • Barber dimes

This list includes coins minted from 1796 to 2021. Keep in mind that given prices are updated twice a year.

The most valuable US dimes

Dime Year Value
Seated Liberty dime without arrows 1873 CC $1,276,778
Seated Liberty dime 1871 CC $118,793
Seated Liberty dime 1872 CC $116,951
Draped Bust dime (14 stars) 1804 $94,178
Draped Bust dime (13 stars) 1797 $87,635
Draped Bust dime (8 over 7 to 13 stars) 1798 $77,380
Seated Liberty dime 1874 CC $70,691
Seated Liberty dime 1873 CC $70,690
Draped Bust dime 1803 $70,664
Draped Bust dime (13 stars) 1804 $66,705
Draped Bust dime 1802 $59,027
Draped Bust dime (16 stars) 1797 $52,391
Draped Bust dime 1801 $51,950
Capped Bust dime (curl base 2) 1829 $48,377
Draped Bust dime 1800 $44,899
Draped Bust dime (small 8) 1798 $44,448
Draped Bust dime 1796 $44,448
Seated Liberty dime 1846 $41,704
Seated Liberty dime 1843 O $38,100
Mercury dime 1916 D $31,006
Seated Liberty dime 1859 S $27,963
Capped Bust dime 1822 $27,957
Draped Bust dime (5 berries) 1805 $21,883
Draped Bust dime (large 8) 1798 $21,882
Draped Bust dime (8 over 7 to 16 stars) 1798 $21,882
Capped Bust dime (4 over 2 – pointed top 1) 1824 $20,024
Seated Liberty dime 1858 S $17,172
Mercury dime (42 over 41) 1942 $16,643
Seated Liberty dime 1856 S $16,636
Seated Liberty dime 1860 O $16,636
Transitional pattern with an obverse of 1859 and a reverse of 1860 Seated Liberty dime 1859 $16,636
Draped Bust dime (4 berries) 1805 $15,510
Doubled die obverse Seated Liberty dime 1873 $13,928
Draped Bust dime 1807 $13,562
Seated Liberty dime 1865 S $13,242
Seated Liberty dime 1844 $13,240
Barber dime 1895 O $10,817
Mercury dime (42 over 41) 1942 D $10,220
Seated Liberty dime 1885 S $9,866
Reverse of 1838 Seated Liberty dime 1839 O $9,911
Capped Bust dime 1809 $7,852
Seated Liberty dime 1845 O $7,636
Seated Liberty dime 1838 O $7,506
Capped Bust dime (11 over 09) 1811 $6,948
Seated Liberty dime (no drapery) 1840 O $6,523
Seated Liberty dime 1849 O $6,523
Capped Bust dime (extra-large 10C) 1829 $6,522
Seated Liberty dime 1861 S $6,076
Seated Liberty dime 1840 $6,075
Seated Liberty dime 1842 O $6,075
Capped Bust dime (large date – curl base 2) 1828 $6,075
Seated Liberty dime 1860 S $5,568
StatesOfAmerica Capped Bust dime 1820 $5,566
StatesOfAmerica Capped Bust dime 1814 $5,566
Small date Capped Bust dime 1814 $5,566
Seated Liberty dime 1863 S $5,002
Seated Liberty dime 1866 S $5,002
Seated Liberty dime 1862 S $4,397
Capped Bust dime (30 over 29) 1830 $4,396
All varieties Capped Bust dime 1828 $4,396
Capped Bust dime (4 over 2 – flat top 1) 1824 $4,396
Capped Bust dime (large date) 1814 $4,396
Seated Liberty dime 1851 O $4,155
Mercury Dime 1921 D $3,887
Mercury Dime 1921 $3,779
Barber dime (micro O) 1905 O $3,779
Seated Liberty dime (doubled die obverse) 1876 CC $3,778
Capped Bust dime (large 10C) 1829 $3,777
Capped Bust dime (small 0) 1820 $3,777
Capped Bust dime (small date) 1821 $3,777
Capped Bust dime 1825 $3,777
Seated Liberty dime 1853 O $3,621
Capped Bust dime (large date) 1821 $3,620
Capped Bust dime (Pointed top 1 in 10 C) 1827 $3,232
Capped Bust dime (3 over 2 – large E) 1823 $3,232
Capped Bust dime (3 over 2 – small E) 1823 $3,232
Mercury dime 1826 S $3,115
Seated Liberty dime 1852 O $3,050
Seated Liberty dime 1870 S $3,050
Capped Bust dime (large 0) 1820 $3,049
Seated Liberty dime 1850 O $2,890
Barber Dime 1894 O $2,745
Seated Liberty dime 1867 $2,744
Seated Liberty dime 1867 S $2,744
Capped Bust dime (small 10C) 1830 $2,744
Capped Bust dime (large 10C) 1830 $2,744
Seated Liberty dime 1872 S $2,744
Capped Bust dime (medium 10C) 1829 $2,744
Capped Bust dime (small date – square base 2) 1828 $2,744
Capped Bust dime (flat top 1 in 10 C) 1827 $2,744
Seated Liberty dime 1847 $2,744
Seated Liberty dime 1866 $2,581
Barber Dime 1896 O $2,581
Capped Bust dime (small 4) 1834 $2,462
Seated Liberty dime 1873 S $2,339
Seated Liberty dime 1874 S $2,222
Seated Liberty dime 1865 $2,222
Seated Liberty dime (small date) 1837 $2,221
Seated Liberty dime (partial drapery) 1838 $2,221
Capped Bust dime (small 10C) 1829 $2,221

Rarest Existing Dimes

Some dimes are rare for various reasons, including:

  • Small quantities produced
  • Production errors
  • Those remained after melting dimes for silver

The rarest ones nowadays are among the most expensive coins you can find.

Rarest and the most valuable existing dimes

Dime Year Minted Mint Still exist Value
Draped Bust dime (large 8) 1798 27,550 Philadelphia 200 $82,250
Seated Liberty dime 1859 S 60,000 San Francisco 200 $100,000
Liberty Seated dime (with arrows) 1874 CC 10,817 Carson City < 80 $162,150*
Draped Bust dime (small 8) 1798 27,550 Philadelphia 50 $253,000*
Mercury dime (full band) 1916 D 264,000 Denver 24 $207,000
Barber dime 1894 S 24 San Francisco ~ 9 $1,997,500
Seated Liberty dime (mint condition) 1871 CC 20,100 Carson City 4 $270,250*
Liberty Seated dime (mint condition) 1872 CC 35,480 Carson City 3 $188,000*
Roosevelt dime proof (no S) 1975 2 San Francisco 2 $456,000*
Seated Liberty dime (without arrows) 1873 CC 12,400 Carson City 1 $1,840,000*

*Highest price paid at auction

Summary

Many saved dimes are worth more than their face value, but some of these silver coins are insanely expensive. For instance, the Seated Liberty dime without arrows (1873 CC) is paid a huge $1,840,000 at auction.

However, it is not the most expensive dime you can find. The record-holder is one of nine existing Barber dimes (1894 S) of 24 minted that was paid at auction the whole $1,997,500!

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