The most Valuable antique Dime coins
There are some VERY valuable old 10-cent coins , for which coin collectors would pay any amount of money.
It’s amazing, these coins being so small in size, they can cost a lot of money.
In this article I focus on one of the most sought after coins by American coin collectors, the Dime Dollar 10 cents .
We will review the history of these coins, their design changes and evolution through time, and what you are probably most interested in: The most valuable 10-cent coins.
What is a collection Dime?
A Dime is a currency that has a value equivalent to one tenth of one US dollar . It is the smallest coin, of less diameter and weight, that is minted in the United States today.
The term Dime comes from the old French “di(s)me”, and refers to “the tenth part” of something. These coins are also known as “One Dime,” as the back of the 10-cent coins circulating in the United States is indicated.
Another curiosity is that the Dime are the only coins in circulation in the United States that are not denominated in “dollars” or “cents. That is, they do not have the legend of 10 cents, although they are equivalent to this amount.
The Dime is one of the pieces that every collector of American coins should have. There are some very valuable pieces that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
How much is 10 cents worth?
The 10 dollar cents can have different values, ranging from 10 cents to several hundred thousand dollars.
Of course, few coins Dime are worth thousands of dollars.
Only those that are rare or very scarce get the full attention of collectors. These are the ten-cent coins that can cost fortunes.
At the end of this text I will leave you a list of the most valuable Dime coins, but now, we will review the history and evolution of Dime coins, and see the most valuable specimens at each stage.
Take note, because if you were to get your hands on one of these dimes, you would surely make a fortune selling it .
History of the 10 cents
The American Dime coins were created by the Law of the Currency in 1792 and exist until today, which makes this denomination a very old one, with more than 2 centuries of creation.
The American Dime has had 6 different designs throughout its history, without taking into account the first one that was never put into circulation. From now on we will review the most valuable types of 10 cents.
Disme: copper 10 cents
The 10-cent coins, known as Disme, were never actually issued for circulation. They were approved by the 1792 Mint Law, but the few that exist were minted in copper, which is the metal used to create the coin patterns.
For this reason, Disme 10-cent coins are extremely expensive and highly coveted by collectors.
Tell me Draped Bust (1796-1807)
The first ancient 10-cent coin that actually circulated was the Dime Draped Bust. This coin was minted in 1796 , and as a curiosity it had the same obverse and reverse as the rest of the dollar coin denominations.
The 1792 10-cent coins are easily distinguishable by the 15 stars they bear in the states that made up North America at that time. Another curiosity of the Dime Draped Bust of 1792 is that they were minted without any indication of their value, therefore, people recognized them by their size.
The Dime Draped Bust of 1792 can reach the value of a few thousand dollars. When auctioned in a good state of preservation.
On the other hand, in 1797 there are two types of Dime Draped Bust coins. One has 16 stars, because they reflect Tennessee’s admission to the Union, while others have only 13 stars corresponding to the original 13 States.
10 cents de 1797.
Dime Draped Bust (13 estrellas) valued in
10 cents de 1797.
Dime Draped Bust (16 estrellas) valued in
Tell me Capped Bust (1809-1837)
The previous design was replaced by what is known as the Dime Capped Bust, a wonderful antique coin also highly desired by collectors.
From 1809 the design changes greatly, and the value of the coin is added with a 10 C. This was done because foreigners were often confused, while locals were already used to recognizing 10 C coins by their size.
The 1828 Dime coins in particular is highly sought after by collectors. This year the coins were minted without a necklace, so it seemed that they were larger than other coins of equal value, but issued in other years.
Any numismatic lover could create a whole collection of antique coins just from Dime Capped Bust, as there are 123 different known variants.
NOTE: If you are interested in selling Antique Coins in your possession, you can read our: Guide to Selling Antique Coins Safely
Tell me Seated Liberty (1837-1891)
The Dime Seated Libertay, or as they are known in Spanish, lady’s sitting dime, are very eye-catching and also in demand by collectors of antique coins.
These coins on the reverse present the image of Liberty, freedom, sitting on a rock, hence their identifying name.
Of the Seated Liberty there are many different models, as time went by they introduced variations in the design of the Dime Dollar. There are variations with arrows, with stars, and clean of these designs and details.
The rarest dimes of this stage, and therefore more valuable are these 1873 and 1874 Carson City dimes , with arrows and the only 1873 Carson City dime without arrows.
10 cents de 1873.
Seated Liberty valued in
10 cents de 1874.
Seated Liberty valued in
10 cents de 1873 (*).
Seated Liberty valued in
(*) In this case it refers to an uncirculated coin in a MS-63 state. The high price is due to the fact that it is an extremely rare coin to be found, and highly coveted by collectors. This information can be found at: https://www.usacoinbook.com/coins/1346/dimes/seated-liberty/1873-CC/no-arrows/.
Tell me Barber (1892-1916)
The Barber 10-cent coin is named for its design.
This coin has the peculiarity of buying you design with the Quarter and Half dollar coins, during this stage.
Like the rest of the coins of this denomination, the 10 dollar cents have the Liberty motif. Only during this period the motif was presented as a bust, and adorned with a crown of laurels and an inscription that reads “LIBERTY”.
Experienced collectors analyze this inscription very carefully, as it is where one first feels the passage of time and circulation. So a LIBERTY in perfect condition will often mark the degree of preservation of Dime Barber pieces.
Of all the varieties coined during this period, the most popular is the Barber Dime from 1894-S . Just to give you an example, in 2005 one of these coins was sold for 1.3 million dollars.
Then, in 2017 this record was broken, when a Barber Dime from 1894-S was sold for more than 2 million dollars, according to CoinNews.Net.
The value of this 1894-S Barber Dime coin is due to the fact that only 24 pieces of this model were minted, of which only 10 are currently known.
Tell me Winged Liberty Head “Mercury” (1916-1943)
The name given to the old 10-cent coins minted between 1916 and 1943 is due to a misperception of the true meaning of the motif.
When you look at the dime from this period, it seems that it was minted in reference to Mercury, the Roman messenger god, but it is false. Like the rest of the American dime, this one has the Goddess Liberty on the reverse side, but wearing a Phrygian cap that causes misunderstanding.
The Winged Liberty coin is considered by many coin collectors to be the most beautiful design of all American coins of all time.
Tell me Franklin D. Roosevelt (1946-in circulation)
Finally, in this historical review of the most iconic and valuable 10-cent coins , we arrive at the model that is currently in circulation. The Dime Roosevelt coin.
The Roosevelt Dime was issued on the day the President would have turned 64, January 30, 1964, and there has been some controversy about it since its inception.
The designer John R. Sinnock engraved his initials on the coin (JS) , but in 1964 and the Cold War in full swing, some people thought that the initials could refer to Joseph Stalin. This was quickly disproved, but still caused quite a stir at the time.
One of the most interesting facts about these coins, is that they made the transition in 1965 from a 90% silver and 10% copper alloy, to Cupronikel. Therefore, if you find 10 cent coins after 1965 you should know that they don’t have any silver in them.
There are a small number of Philadelphia 10-cent coins minted in 1982 that by mistake do NOT have the P mint mark. The mint mark would normally be just below the base of Roosevelt’s neck.
Since collectors love unique coins, either because of mistakes or because they are rarities, the value of the 1982 Dime without Mint can be around $600. In other words, these coins are now in high demand by collectors and very valuable.
Tell me the most valuable old coins
Now we can make a list of the most valuable dime of all time.
|06||Drapped Bust: 13 Stars 1797||$83,000|
|07||Drapped Bust: 1798/7||$73,500|
|08||Seated Liberty 1873-CC||$67,000|
|09||Seated Liberty 1874-CC||$67,000|
|10||Drapped Bust 1803||$67,000|
|11||Drapped Bust: 13 Stars 1804||$63,500|
|12||Drapped Bust 1802||$56,000|
|13||Drapped Bust: 16 Stars 1797||$49,750|
|14||Drapped Bust 1801||$49,250|
|15||Capped Bust: Curl Base 2 1829||$46,000|
|16||Drapped Bust 1800||$42,500|
|17||Drapped Bust: Small 8 1798||$42,250|
|18||Drapped Bust 1796||$42,250|
|19||Seated Liberty 1846||$39,500|
|20||Seated Liberty 1843-O||$36,250|
|22||Seated Liberty 1859-S||$26,500|
|23||Capped Bust 1822||$26,500|
|24||Drapped Bust: 5 Berries 1805||$20,750|
|25||Drapped Bust: 8 Over 7 – 16 Stars 1798||$20,750|
|26||Drapped Bust: Large 8 1798||$20,750|
|27||Capped Bust: 4 Over 2 – Pointed Top 1 1824||$19,000|
|28||Seated Liberty 1858-S||$16,250|
|29||Mercury: 42 Over 41 1942||$15,750|
|30||Seated Liberty 1856-S||$15,750|
|31||Seated Liberty: Transitional Pattern: Obverse of 1859 – Reverse of 1860 – 1859||$15,750|
|32||Seated Liberty 1860-O||$15,750|
|33||Drapped Bust: 4 Berries 1805||$14,750|
|34||Seated Liberty: Doubled Die Obverse 1873||$13,250|
|35||Drapped Bust 1807||$13,000|
|36||Seated Liberty 1865-S||$12,500|
|37||Seated Liberty 1844||$12,500|
|39||Mercury: 42 Over 41 1942-D||$9,750|
|40||Seated Liberty 1885-S||$9,500|
|41||Seated Liberty: Reverse of 1838 O – 1839-O||$8,500|
|42||Capped Bust 1809||$7,500|
|43||Seated Liberty 1845-O||$7,250|
|44||Seated Liberty 1838-O||$7,250|
|45||Capped Bust: 11 Over 09 1811||$6,500|
|46||Seated Liberty 1849-O||$6,000|
|47||Capped Bust: Extra Large 10C – 1829||$6,000|
|48||Seated Liberty: No Drapery 1840-O||$6,000|
|49||Seated Liberty 1861-S||$5,750|
|50||Capped Bust: Large Date – Curl Base 2 – 1828||$5,750|
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