Seated Dime Value By Date
Mint state and key date listed Seated Dime values is for graded, certified and authenticated coins in PCGS or NGC holders. The rest are a sample of raw coin sell but this is not a guarantee your coin with the same date, mint, grade and holder will sell for this exact value.
Seated Dime Value Facts:
Date – Mint Rarity:
Seated Dime value is determined, in part, do to their mintage figures reported by the U.S. Mint, but no Seated Dime date and mint survive in their original mintage amount today.
One example is the 1873-CC No Arrows at date has a reported mintage of 12,400 but only one specimen is known and it sold for $1.8 million. There might be more out there, waiting to be found; and this is an example of how they’ve been melted and lost over the years – few have survived except for the more numerous mintage dates and mints.
The proofs are numerous as a whole and most are affordable but there’s some extreme rarities with only a few known and those are worth looking for.
Grade – Condition:
When you find this coin type and denomination they will usually grade AG3 (About Good) or less, so Seated Dime value will be less than what you see listed in the price guides since most list values for G4 and up.
You can buy common date and low grade Seated Liberty Dimes for around $5 each but the 1874-CC can sell for as much as $9,000 in G4; but the 1874-CC is the exception rather than the rule.
A Seated Dime with an O, CC or S mint mark have more of a premium than the no mint mark (Philadelphia Mint) examples. However there’s some exceptions to this and that’s the 1879, 1880, 1881 no mint mark (Philadelphia Mint); these three are the most valuable without a mint mark and their value averages around $160 each.
Then the 1885-S is another post 1874 date that’s worth a decent premium and can range from $300 to several thousands in the higher grades.
Most Seated Dimes are reasonable up through the AU (About Uncirculated) grade but they jump in value for MS (Mint State) grades that starts at MS60. One example is the 1889-S, it’s worth around $80 in AU but jumps to around $400 in MS60 according to PCGS coin values.
PCGS is important here since they show a higher *population for the 1889-S in AU and a lower population in MS60, and they grade thousands of coins a month. So most coins like this should be graded by NGC or PCGS.
*Reported PCGS graded examples.
There’s a few varieties to be found in this series but most don’t add much of a premium in the lower grades, they’re typically found, but as grade increases as do some values. For example the The 1837 Large and Small dates are the same value until they reach the MS60 and that’s when the Small Date is worth a bit more and the 1838 Small Stars is not worth much of a premium until VF30 (Extrememly Fine).
Other varieties to look for is 1840 Drapery and No Drapery, 1838 Partial Drapery, 1853 No Arrows, and 1856 Large Date and there’s 1972 Doubled Die Reverse (DDR) and 1973 Doubled Die Obverse (DDO). All of these are worth several hundred dollars in the higher grades.
Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht
Diameter: 17.9 millimeters
Metal content: Silver – 90%, Copper – 10%
Weight: 41.3 grains (27 grams)
Mint mark: None (for Philadelphia) below DIME on the reverse
*Seated Liberty Dimes have potential as an investment since most of the mintages and survival rates for most dates and mints is low in value when compared to similar numbers for other coin types and denominations.