Silver Dimes

Silver Dimes

1892-1916 Barber Dime


Your Barber dime value is $1.44 to $2.09 for a common date coin in heavily worn "Good" condition. If your coin is better preserved the value increases to $15 and higher in "Extremely Fine" condition.

Uncirculated Barber Dime

However, the coin you are hoping to discover in your box is the 1895-O. Avidly sought by dealers and collectors, in Good condition it is easily worth $270 and quickly rising to $1,820 in Extremely Fine condition.

To highlight a few more rarities, the 1892-S, 1901-S and the 1904-S are all worth at least $120 when found in nice condition. In fact many other dates have values of $20 to $30, and the better the condition of the coin the higher the value.

Rising up the condition scale, any "Uncirculated" Barber Dime value is over $65 to $75 with many starting above $200. See more about condition and "Grading" your coins below.

Discover the value of your coins. The dates, mint marks and conditions are listed on the value chart.

Barber Dime Value - What Dealers Pay

Notice coin values increase dramatically, not only for certain rare dates and mint marks, but as the condition improves.

Barber Dime Value 1892-1916

  Condition of Coin Date Good - G Fine - F Extremely Fine XF Uncirculated

The above chart represents wholesale coin values. Computed from dealer's price lists with various mark-up factors figured in. They reflect closely the value you would expect to receive when selling.

Variations in value do occur subject to subtle grading points, collector demands and dealer needs. For more background information, see how value listings in the Coin Value Guide are determined.

Printable Coin Values Worksheet

Coin Values Worksheet

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Print the handy Coin Values Worksheet to list your coins and record their values. Should you decide to sell... use the worksheet as an invoice and packing slip when sending coins through the mail to dealers. It indicates you have done your coin values homework.

Barber Dime Value is Conditional

Dealers and collectors have a practiced and keen eye for spotting better condition coins. In doing so they categorize and "Grade" each coin. Realize a Barber dime value increases as the condition improves, often dramatically.

Compare your coins to the grading images below. A coin in "Good" condition is worn almost smooth, LIBERTY on the obverse and the wreath on the reverse show, but with little detail. In "Fine" condition all the letters to LIBERTY show on the headband and the wreath shows some detail. Hopefully your dimes are crisp and sharp in detail.

Barber Dime Grading

The most desirable and valuable Barber Dimes are in "Uncirculated" condition. Best described as like new, bright, with no wear. If you feel your coin is in this category with a high value but are just not sure. There is help...

Collectors and dealers consider PCGS and NGC as leaders in coin grading services. They both authenticate and grade your coins. The small fee you pay provides assurance you understand and receive the full value of your coins.

It is also helpful to know grading a coin is not an exact science. It is your opinion, dealers and collectors have their own opinions... and they can all differ slightly.

Rare coin dealers and auction sites are informative about coin values. Look for those offering Barber Dimes for sale, their listings and prices usually include a notation of the NGC and PCGS assigned grade. Additionally... these coin dealers are potential buyers of your coins.

Finding Valuable Mintmarks

With a mintmark or without a mintmark, the difference often changes Barber dime values from $1.44 to $100. Let's use the year 1909 as an example.

Barber Dime Mintmark Location

Dimes where produced in four locations throughout the county in 1909. The one you are hoping to find is the San Francisco coin, with the "S" mintmark. Check the coin values chart, $6 in Good condition rising quickly to over $108 in Extremely Fine condition.

Locate all mint marks on the reverse under the wreath.

The 1909 with the "D" mintmark, indicating the Denver mint, is a close second in value, $96 in Extremely Fine condition. The third possible mintmark, an "O" indicates the New Orleans mint and a 1909-O is a $32 coin in Extremely Fine condition. The most commonly found 1909 Barber dime was produced at the Philadelphia mint, using no mintmark, $1.44 to $18 dollars in value.

To help understand your coins and how popular and the value of certain Barber Dimes. Visit rare coin dealer's sites, look for and compare coins similar to yours.

Consider your group of coins as the beginnings of a coin collection. Discover more about the collectible Barber Dime. Coin Collecting Guide for Beginners is packed with the info to start an enjoyable and rewarding hobby.

If not, one successful approach is to sell all your coins and use the proceeds to purchase one nice rare coin. The one you were hoping to find in the box. Pass the thrill of a rare coin on to your children.

Take a minute and visit Jake's Marketplace. They are serious buyers of US coins. Additionally... they have many fascinating rare coins for sale.

Why Barber Dime Values are on the Rise

Collectors push the Barber Dime value either up, or down. If there is rising interest in the series, up go the prices. Today involvement is high, with modern design changes, headlines of the latest record prices, all contributing to attract attention to coins.

Your Barber Dime value is on the move. Keep in touch with coin values. Return here whenever curious and check on current values.

Go to... Bust, Seated Liberty, Mercury and Roosevelt Dime Values

More Dime Values

Discover how much your old dimes are worth. Bust, Seated Liberty, to Barber, Mercury, and Roosevelt Dimes. Compare your coins to the Grading Images to judge condition and coin value charts. Do you have other coin denominations?

Coin Values Discovery... finds Barber Dime Value and... All old US coin values. It is an excellent index with images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Value charts, grading images and descriptions uncover how much your box of old coins is worth.

1916-1945 Mercury Dime

Because of their vintage and beauty, Mercury Head dimes are popular with silver coin buyers. Mercury Head dimes are often called Mercury dimes or simply Merc dimes. They are also called Winged Liberty Head dimes.

Mercury dimes were minted 1916-1945 and were companions to the equally-popular Walking Liberty half-dollars, which were minted 1916-1947. In 1946, to honor four-term president Franklin Roosevelt, Congress passed legislation that replaced Mercury Head dimes with Roosevelt dimes.

Mercury Head Dimes Bags Sell at Premiums

Bags of Mercury dimes sell at premiums to pre-1965 Roosevelt dimes, despite a bag of Mercury dimes and a bag of pre-’65 Roosevelt dimes each yielding right at 715 ounces of pure silver if smelted. Although a bag of circulated (junk) dimes may contain a few Mercury Head dimes, buyers should not count on getting many Mercury Head dimes when buying bags of junk dimes. Usually, a bag of junk dimes contains all Roosevelt dimes.

Because Mercury Head dimes were used as money until 1965, most of them show significant wear; However, the Merc dimes that CMI Gold & Silver Inc. delivers to its clients are hand-sorted to eliminate the heavily worn coins. Mercury Head dimes carry premiums over bags of Roosevelt dimes.

Mercury dimes: Added Potential Price Appreciation

Investors buying silver and coins for survival purposes should buy bags of junk U.S. 90% silver coins. Yet, investors wanting added potential price appreciation should consider the venerable Mercury Head dimes, which circulated as money during some of the United States’ most tumultuous times: World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II. During the Great Depression, when a man down on his luck asked, “Brother, can you spare a dime?” he was hoping for a Mercury Head dime.

Additionally, another big difference between bags of Mercury Head dimes and bags of Roosevelt dimes is that Mercury dimes were made of only one alloy, 90% silver and 10% copper. Roosevelt dimes, however, were minted of two alloys, 90% silver and 10% copper between 1946 and 1964. Roosevelt dimes dated 1965 and later contain no silver, being minted of a copper-nickel alloy. Therefore, the Mercury Head design makes them readily recognizable as 90% silver coins, whereas with Roosevelt dimes the dates have to be inspected.

1946-1964 Roosevelt Dime

This guide is will give you an idea of how much your Roosevelt Silver Dimes minted from 1946 to 1964 are worth. The table below provides average coin values and prices based upon the condition of the coin. If the coin shows evidence of wear on it due to being used in commerce, it is considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated."

Introduction to Coin Values

There are many factors that go into determining the value of your coins. First of all you must understand how the coin market works. If the coin dealer runs out of 1949-S Roosevelt dimes, he cannot just call the mint and order more of them because the mint does not make coins dated 1949 anymore. The coin dealer must replenish his supply by buying coins from other dealers or people who come to his store to sell their coins. What he pays you for that coin is known as the "wholesale price" or "value." If you want to buy that 1949-S from the coin dealer, that is known as the "retail price" or "price."

Market Analysis

Roosevelt dimes are still made for circulation by the United States Mint. The current coin is made with a copper and nickel alloy. Up until 1964, dimes were made with 90% silver. with the recent surge in the price of silver, most circulated coins are driven by their bullion value. If you want to get the most money for your Roosevelt silver dimes, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have. 

Mint Marks

Roosevelt Silver Dimes were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).
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