US Dimes 1892 to Date

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BARBER DIMES or Liberty Head Type 1892-1916

The US dimes of this type are called "Barber Dimes" after Charles Barber, Chief Engraver of the Mint, who also designed the 25- and 50-cent pieces. His initial B is at the truncation of the neck.

Barber Dime

Mint mark location is on the reverse below the wreath.

Barber Dime Mint Mark Location

Specifics:

Diameter: 17.9 mm
Weight: 2.50 grams
Net weight: .07234 oz. pure silver
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper
Quantity minted: 504,262,428
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco
Designer: Charles E. Barber

Key-Dates and Coin Values:

• 1892S; G-4: $40.00, EF-40: $250.00
• 1893, 3 over 2; EF-40: $185.00
• 1893o; G-4: $20.00, EF-40: $140.00
• 1894O; G-4: $40.00, EF-40: $350.00
• 1894S (est. 24); Bowers-Eliasberg Sale 1996: $465,000
• 1895; G-4: $65.00, EF-40: $450.00
• 1895o; G-4: $240.00, EF-40: $1,700
• 1895S; G-4: $25.00, EF-40: $180.00
• 1896o; G-4: $50.00, EF-40: $400.00
• 1896S; G-4: $45.00, EF-40: $320.00
• 1897o; G-4: $45.00, EF-40: $380.00
• 1900o; G-4: $8.00, EF-40: $175.00
• 1901S; G-4: $50.00, EF-40: $450.00
• 1903S; G-4: $40.00, EF-40: $680.00
• 1904S; G-4: $30.00, EF-40: $240.00
• 1905O, Microscopic O; G-4: $10.00, EF-40: $180.00
Average coin values of other dates: G-4 - $5.00, EF-40 - $35.00

MERCURY DIMES or Winged Liberty Head Type 1916-1945

The US dimes of this type are commonly called "Mercury Dimes" because the main device, a representation of Liberty, resembles Mercury. The wings crowning Liberty's cap are intended to symbolize liberty of thought. The designer's monogram AW is right of neck.

Mercury Dime - Winged Liberty Head


Mint mark location is on reverse, left of fasces.

Mercury Dime Mint Mark Location

Specifics:

Diameter: 17.9 mm
Weight: 2.50 grams
Net weight: .07234 oz. pure silver
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper
Quantity minted: 2,662,940,728
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco
Designer: Adolph A. Weinman

Key-Dates and Coin Values:

• 1916D; G-4: $520.00, EF-40: $2,500
• 1921; G-4: $30.00, EF-40: $435.00
• 1921D; G-4: $45.00, EF-40: $525.00
• 1926S; G-4: $7.00, EF-40: $195.00
• 1942, 2 over 1; G-4: $260.00, EF-40: $3,000
• 1942D, 2 over 1; G-4: $325.00, EF-40: $2,700
Average coin values of other dates: G-4 - $2.50, EF-40 - $20.00

ROOSEVELT DIMES 1946 to Date

John R. Sinnock (whose initials JS are at the truncation of the neck) designed this dime showing a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The design has heavier lettering and a more modernistic character than preceding types.

Silver Roosevelt Dime

Mint mark location is on reverse of the silver coinage (1946-1964), and is on obverse of the clad coinage (starting 1968 to date).

Mint Mark Location 1946-1964

Mint Mark Location on Silver Roosevelt Dime


SILVER COINAGE, 1946-1964

Specifics:

Diameter: 17.9 mm
Weight: 2.50 grams
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper
Net weight: .07234 oz. pure silver
Quantity minted: 6,615,452,390
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, West Point
Designer: John R. Sinnock

Key-Dates and Coin Values:

• 1949; MS-63 (Choice Uncirculated): $30.00
• 1949S; MS-63 (Choice Uncirculated): $45.00
• 1950S, S over D; EF-40: $80.00
• 1960 Double die obverse; Proof-65: $300.00
• 1963 Proof Double die reverse; Proof-65: $400.00
• 1964D Double die reverse; EF-40: $55.00, MS-63: $300.00
Average coin values of other dates: EF-40 - $0.65


CLAD COINAGE, 1965 to Date

Roosevelt Dime Clad

Specifics:

Diameter: 17.9 mm
Weight: 2.27 grams
Edge: Reeded
Composition: outer layers of copper-nickel (.750 copper, .250 nickel) bonded to inner core of pure copper
Quantity minted: 36,434,375,821 (through 2001)
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, West Point
Designer: John R. Sinnock

Key-Dates and Coin Values:

• 1982 No mint mark; MS-65: $220.00
• 1996W (issued in mint sets only); MS-65: $7.00
Average coin values of other dates: MS-65 - $0.35, Proof-65 - $8.00


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(Sources: Encyclopedia Of U.S. Coins by Mort Reed and The Official Red Book of United States Coins by R.S. Yeoman.)