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Rare Dimes


The U.S. Dime has been issued in numerous designs since its inception in 1796, but it’s the Rare Dimes that coin enthusiasts strive to add to their collections. Not only are Rare Dimes interesting American coins to collect but they’re also some of the most in demand pieces around today. Demand from both collectors and investors has helped to push the value of Rare Dimes upwards, with some of the rarest issues fetching outrageous prices.

Throughout its history, the United States Mint has produced some of the most valuable coins in the world and Rare Dimes are no exception. From the early Draped Bust Dime to the more familiar Roosevelt Dime, Rare Dimes are some of the rarest and most valuable coins in the world.

Highly Sought After Rare Dimes

Rare Dimes are among the most coveted United States Mint issues and are worth more than their face value. While some designs are slightly easier to find than others, all Rare Dimes will benefit any collection or portfolio because they can only increase in value as each year passes. Keep reading to find out more about the most valuable and sought-after Rare Dimes.

Early Dimes

The very first Dime to appear from the United States Mint was the Draped Bust Dime, produced from 1796 to 1807. However, two Draped Bust designs were released by the Mint including the Draped Bust, Small Eagle and the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle. The Draped Bust, Small Eagle was only minted for two years and followed by the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Dimes in 1798. These Early Dimes both feature a draped bust of Liberty on the obverse but have different reverse designs. In 1809, the U.S. Dime had a complete makeover and was transformed into the Capped Bust Dime. This Early Dime was minted until 1837 and became the first to show the Dime value on the coin.

Liberty Seated Dimes

First struck in 1837, the Liberty Seated Dime is an interesting coin and offers collectors five major design types. As a number of design alterations were made to the coin, and two weight changes occurred over the years, there are many rare dates in the Liberty Seated Dime series. The coin’s obverse has always featured Lady Liberty seated on a rock, with the reverse always displaying a wreath of laurel. Christian Gobrecht was responsible for designing the coin, which continued to be minted until 1892.

Barber Dimes

Named after its designer Charles E. Barber, the Barber Dime replaced the Liberty Seated Dime in 1892 and was issued until 1916. The series boasts several low mintage issues, with the 1894-S Barber Dime being the most legendary of them all. Not only is the 1894-S a very Rare Dime but also one of the rarest and most desired United States coins because only 24 specimens were struck by the Mint. While Barber Dimes in lower grades aren’t too tricky to find, it’s fair to say that most dates in the series are considered scarce in high grades.

Mercury Dimes

Often referred to as the Winged Liberty Head Dime, the Mercury Dime was designed by Adolph Weinman and released into circulation in October 1916. When the coin made its first appearance, many people confused the obverse design of Liberty with the Roman god Mercury, and that’s how the Mercury Dime got its name. Despite the confusion over the obverse portrait, the design was loved by the nation. There are several rare and semi-rare dates in the series, which ended in 1945 when the Roosevelt Dime was released.

Roosevelt Dimes

When President Franklin Roosevelt died in 1945, officials felt it right to feature his portrait on a U.S. coin. As Roosevelt had been the founder of a non-profit organization called the March of Dimes, it was quickly decided that the Dime would be the most appropriate denomination to honor the president. Chief engraver, John R. Sinnock was given the job of designing the Roosevelt Dime, a coin that has been struck continuously since 1946. Some dates have been hoarded more than others and it has become a real challenge to locate the rare Roosevelt Dime varieties.

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