Rare Dimes: A List Of Rare U.S. Dimes By Year

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By Joshua

A List Of Rare U.S. Dimes

Rare dimes are valuable collectibles that many coin collectors hope to find.

Of course, finding rare dimes is easier said than done… let me tell you!

I’ve actually managed to find some 90% silver dimes, a few minor error dimes, and the like. However, I’m still looking for some truly rare and valuable dimes.

Maybe you’ll have better luck than I’ve had so far!

In this article, we are going to cover:

  • Rare Roosevelt dimes from 1946 to the present
  • Rare Mercury dimes from 1916 to 1945
  • Rare Barber dimes from 1892 to 1916
  • Rare Liberty Seated dimes from 1837 to 1891
  • Rare Bust dimes from 1796 to 1837

What Are The Rarest Dimes By Year?

OK, are you ready to start searching for the really rare dimes — those that are worth $100 or more in Good condition or better?

Break out the coin loupe and start checking your change!

Here’s a list of rare dimes by year, and their current value

Rare Bust Dimes (1796-1837)

  • All Draped Bust dimes (made before 1809) — $550+
  • 1809 Capped Bust dime — $600+
  • 1811, 11 Over 09 Capped Bust dime — $200+
  • 1814 STATESOFAMERICA Capped Bust dime — $250+
  • 1820 STATESOFAMERICA Capped Bust dime — $200+
  • 1822 Capped Bust dime — $2,000+
  • 1824, 4 Over 2, Pointed 1 — $350+
  • 1827 Flat Top 1 in 10C. Capped Bust dime — $200+
  • 1828 Large Date, Curl Base 2 — $110+
  • 1829 Curl Base 2 Capped Bust dime — $5,000+

Rare Liberty Seated Dimes (1837-1891)

  • 1838-O Liberty Seated dime — $100+
  • 1843-O Liberty Seated dime — $150+
  • 1844 Liberty Seated dime — $150+
  • 1846 Liberty Seated dime — $175+
  • 1856-S Liberty Seated dime — $250+
  • 1858-S Liberty Seated dime — $150+
  • 1859-S Liberty Seated dime — $250+
  • 1859, Obverse of 1859 with Stars, Reverse of 1860 Liberty Seated dime — $5,000+
  • 1860-O Liberty Seated dime — $500+
  • 1861-S Liberty Seated dime — $150+
  • 1862-S Liberty Seated dime — $150+
  • 1863 Liberty Seated dime — $650+
  • 1864 Liberty Seated dime — $300+
  • 1865 Liberty Seated dime — $400+
  • 1866 Liberty Seated dime — $700+
  • 1867 Liberty Seated dime — $550+
  • 1870-S Liberty Seated dime — $200+
  • 1871-CC Liberty Seated dime — $2,500+
  • 1872-CC Liberty Seated dime — $1,300+
  • 1873-CC Liberty Seated dime — $1,500,000+
  • 1873 doubled die Liberty Seated dime — $500+
  • 1873-CC Liberty Seated dime — $2,800+
  • 1874-CC Liberty Seated dime — $7,500+
  • 1878-CC Liberty Seated dime — $150+
  • 1879 Liberty Seated dime — $175+
  • 1880 Liberty Seated dime — $135+
  • 1881 Liberty Seated dime — $150+
  • 1885-S Liberty Seated dime — $500+

Rare Barber Dimes (1892-1916)

  • 1893 3 Over 2 Barber dime — $135+
  • 1894-S Barber dime — $1,00,000+
  • 1895-O Barber dime — $400+

Rare Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)

  • 1916-D Mercury dime — $1,000+
  • 1942, 42 Over 41 Mercury dime — $500+
  • 1942-D, 42 Over 41 Mercury dime — $450+

Rare Roosevelt Dimes (1946-present)

A list of rare Roosevelt dimes (1946-present).

My Best Tips For Finding Rare Dimes

A lot of us are looking for coins in our pocket change, and that’s a great way to start your search for the great rarities. But that’s not the only place to find rare dimes!

  • Check rolls of dimes for old and valuable pieces — You can buy a roll of dimes from any bank or financial institution for $5 (the face value of the 50 dimes in the roll). Searching through coin rolls is how I’ve found many scarce and valuable coins!
  • Search the reject bins of CoinStar machines — These devices which convert loose change into cash (or cash vouchers) are found in grocery stores, big-box retail chains, and other places. They have provided jackpots for many keen-eyed collectors.
  • Don’t forget your friendly coin dealer — You can cherrypick some excellent finds at a coin shop — because, sometimes, rare coins are hiding in plain sight! That’s especially the case with less-obvious rare coins — like some of the obscure Liberty Seated dime varieties.
  • Look through old proof sets for the no-S dimes — You really don’t stand a good chance of finding these in pocket change, but you have a legit hope of finding them after combing through bunches of old proof sets. You’ll find bins of these at coin shops and flea markets… even at yard sales and estate sales.

Here’s my video about scarce and rare dimes that you might find in pocket change:

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