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It's fairly easy to say that Roosevelt Dimes are one of Americas's most forgotten about coins. With billions upon billions produced, these small coins pass through thousands of hands each day. Sadly, these unique little gems are shoved into pockets and coin pouches without so much as even a glance at the actual coins. They're almost too common to be noticed! Don't let commonality fool you though. Utilizing a keen eye, there are many valuable Roosevelt Dimes that can be found in circulation. In this article, we'll discuss the history of the Roosevelt Dime, common values for key dates, and go over a complex valuable dime error list! Keep reading to learn more.
History of the Roosevelt Dime
The first year of mintage for the Roosevelt Dime was in 1946. At this time in history, United States coinage was shifting towards designs that depicted and honored previous U.S. Presidents. Featuring Franklin D. Roosevelt, these dimes became the official replacement for the previously minted Mercury Dimes. Below, you'll find a few key notes about the history of the Roosevelt Dime.
- Early in its production (1946-1964), Roosevelt Dimes were minted with a composition containing 90% silver.
- The designer of the dime is John R. Sinnock. His initials can be found on the lower part of Roosevelt's neckline.
- Of all the modern coins in circulation, the Roosevelt Dime stands as the only coin to remain relatively unchanged. Whereas every other denomination has seen significant design changes over the years, the Roosevelt Dime design has not changed since 1946. The only minor change to these dimes was the elimination of silver in its composition. This change occurred in 1965.
Composition and Melt Value
If you're interested in investing in silver, but have a tight budget to work with, early Roosevelt Dimes could make for a great starting place. The combination of their 90% silver composition and low weight helps keep purchasing costs at a very reasonable rate.
- Weight–2.5 Grams
- Metal Composition–90% Silver, 10% Copper
- Melt Value–Approx. $2.89
- Weight–2.27 Grams
- Metal Composition–75% Copper, 25% Nickel
- Melt Value–Approx. $0.02
*You'll be able to distinguish Silver Roosevelt Dimes from Nickel Clad Dimes by their subtle color difference and a distinctive "clink" against other change.
Value of Roosevelt Dimes
Besides the silver value of the pre-1965 mintages, it's unfortunate to report that there are very few regular-minted Roosevelt Dimes that are worth more than their melt values. However, throughout the years there have been a handful of scarce mintage years. These Roosevelt Dimes are known as Key Dates, and their values are listed below.
- 1949S–This particular mintage is considered to be the only true key date Roosevelt dime. The value of a 1949S Roosevelt dime ranges from $10 in EF condition to $200 for mint state specimens.
- 1949–Semi Key date. Values range from slightly above melt to $30 in mint state condition.
- 1951S–Semi Key date. Values range from slightly above melt up to $25 for coins in mint state condition.
- 1952S–Semi Key date. Values range from slightly above melt up to $25 for specimens in mint state condition.
Roosevelt Dime Errors List
When seeking value in the Roosevelt Dime collection, one must pay close attention to error coins. Rare Roosevelt Dime errors will definitely pull the highest premiums! Since many Roosevelt Dime errors can be found in circulation, taking that extra second or two to scan through your pocket change might just pay off!
Nationally Recognized Roosevelt Dime Errors—These Roosevelt Dime Error coins were released directly into circulation. With a lot luck, you still may be able to find these coins floating around out there!
- 1982P–This recognized mint error coin missing the P mint mark, is considered to be the most valuable Roosevelt dime ever to be released into circulation. With only 15,000 believed to have escaped, values for these dimes can sometimes exceed $500 for specimens in mint state condition.
- 1964D–This recognized mint error dime exhibits double striking of the die on the reverse side. It is known as the 1964D Double Die Reverse Error. Coins range from around $10 in Fine condition to around $75 in Mint State.
Roosevelt Dime Proof Errors—There are several different Roosevelt Proof Dimes that contained errors. These coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint and were never released directly into circulation. They are found in old proof sets.
- 1968S—A few 1968 Roosevelt Proof Dimes produced at the San Francisco mint were missing their mint marks. Depending on the condition of the coin, values have been known to exceed $20,000.
- 1970S—Again missing a mint mark, these San Francisco Minted dimes can reach values of $500+.
- 1975S—Keeping with the trend, some of the 1975 Proof Dimes were also missing a mint mark. Values for these coins are unknown as only a couple coins featuring this error exist.
- 1983S—Another missing mint mark year, these Proof Dimes can realize values of $1,500+.
Miscellaneous Dime Errors—Every year, a handful of dimes containing a wide range of errors will escape from the mint. They often contain one of the following traits.
Coin values are directly based on their Grade or condition. Its important to understand the Grading Scale in order to properly place a value on your Roosevelt Dime.
- Clipped Planchet—Caused by a mis-feed in the minting process, clipped planchet dimes will exhibit a missing section (often elliptical shaped). Clipped planchet dimes in Mint State condition can fetch $30 on a good day!
- Blank Planchet—These unique dimes escape the mint without ever getting struck with a design. Blank on both sides, these dime errors usually only reach values of a couple dollars.
- Off Center Strike—Off center strike coins feature an obverse or reverse image that did not align properly when getting struck. These coins are often misshapen and show areas of blank planchet. Values depend on the degree of the off center strike, but can reach $10-$20 per coin.
- Broadstrike—Roosevelt Dimes that exhibit a broadstrike error will always have a smooth rim. This error is caused when the collar die fails during striking. The images struck onto the obverse and reverse will often "expand" or stretch out to create a slightly misshapen coin. Values for this dime error lay in the $5 - $10 range.
- Missing Clad Layer—Occurring during the minting process, a few dime planchets will be produced that contain a missing Nickel Clad layer. These dimes expose the copper core on either the obverse or reverse side of the coin. Values for these coins usually top out at around $20.
While most of the value contained in the Roosevelt Dime collection lies with the error varieties, it doesn't mean that they aren't still fun to collect. In fact, the low collecting pressure put on Roosevelt Dimes means that they are a great way to inexpensively put together an entire collection of U.S. coinage! As silver prices continue to rise, you may have to purchase the early years of mintage, but the rest of the Roosevelt Dime collection should be easy to find in circulation. Overall, Roosevelt Dimes are a great way for beginner collectors to get "their foot in the door". Thanks for reading this guide on Roosevelt Dimes and valuable dime errors!
Annie Hoffman on August 18, 2020:
I have a 1951 Roosevelt dime with no initials . Is it common?
email@example.com on August 17, 2020:
I have a Lincoln presidential dollar and it doesn't have, 1,date,2mint mark,3very,very faint-E-P-U,and no motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. Is this possible?
James Smith on August 06, 2020:
I have a weird dime, silver on front and copper on back 1996 with P mint mark anyone heard of this?
Rafael Villarreal on July 29, 2020:
Have a 1970 dime that has a dark color to it that is not dirty I think it is the way it comes no idea if it's worth anything I'm trying to do research it has a charcoal brownish color does not have a rim like the other dimes at first I thought it was dirty if anyone knows if this dime is worth above face value would love to know approximately what is it worth
Tiffany Arsineau on July 23, 2020:
So the errors of no S how do you tell if its a no s error or a philidelfia mint
David White on July 20, 2020:
I have a 1983 P Dime the image is sunken in with ridges on both sides of the coin, but the edge is smooth and looks like no clad on the backside of the coin. The clad is there but can't be seen from the edge. On the face side the 3 in the date climbs the side also the TY of liberty slightly climbs the side. Is this common or how much is it worth?
Cathy on July 19, 2020:
I have a dime from the 1960s I don't know what year it's from because the last number is not legible the words in God we trust are not very legible there is a circle going around Roosevelts head and there is some kind of stamped mark on his cheek
Brandice Berry on July 04, 2020:
I have a quarter that doesn't look like it was made outta what other ones are and one that has missing date and doesn't have `in God we trust`.I also have A couple wheat pennies 1924 and 1926d that I heard are worth something is this true?
Jerry Skinner on July 04, 2020:
I have a 1985D dime: On the reverse side of the coin
(ONE DIME) The di is missing or very faint m & the e
can not be made out.
Jon-Luc on June 24, 2020:
Hi, I do have 1996 p dime that is completely struck off Centre you can see it clearly on the rim.
it's in very good condition.
can someone please tell me if it's worth something
please and thank you.
Marie H on June 18, 2020:
I found two dimes that I believed to be error coins 1975 d and a 1971 d but I can't find anything on error coins in those two years like these ones can you set a little late they appear to be disfigured
Tony on June 17, 2020:
I got two 1975 dimes whit the s mint mark on the ear you can verely see it whit the microscope I think it’s the ones the people
Said the they don’t have the s mint mark
Because is very very small and the dimes are Cain shine
Alicia on June 15, 2020:
I have a 1985 dime as well good condition says one dim has no e on it
vickey houser on June 13, 2020:
o have a 1955 D roosevelt dime it is almost the size of a penny penny it appears to have a dome front and back the side view looks to be about the same width of a older penny that is copper it weighs 2.5 grams and appears to be sold silver there is a no trace of copper it is sunken om both sides andthevfront looks like it has 2 rims one regular and the second is the crimping on the sides . i have searched and searched i cannot find one thevmint mark is on ty be back left side do you know anytjing about this dime
Cpt. Obvious on May 29, 2020:
I found one the other day worth ten cents.
Tim Armstrong on May 27, 2020:
I have a 1972 dime needs to post a pic to have it looked at
Homer on May 15, 2020:
I have a 95p dime it looks fuzzy had to rub my eyes honestly can't find anything on it back is the same
theresa merrifield on May 06, 2020:
cant spend any change without looking at it first found 1990 no mint mark.
Bermar on May 05, 2020:
I have a 2005 dime brockage error
Don S. @ firstname.lastname@example.org on April 30, 2020:
I have a 1994 D Roosevelt Dime, it's missing the "I" in, the word IN . In God we trust.
Razorfade Garcia on April 26, 2020:
I have a 1975 no mintmark dime, and about 10 more other dimes with no mint marks
mike on April 25, 2020:
how do i send my coins to littlton for grading
George on April 24, 2020:
I have a 1979 dime no mint mark 2.5 g. is it worth anything
Matthew on April 23, 2020:
I have a 1985 D over S Roosevelt dime. Can't find anything about it though.
Gary on April 19, 2020:
I have a 2016 D Roosevelt dime that is discolored on Roosevelt's head and behind him. The rest of the coin is perfect.
What is this and could it be worth something?
Helen Rojas on April 19, 2020:
I have a error Roosevelt dime with a stamped C under the jowl. Ant it has some dark spots as well on the back. I haven't sent it off yet to appraise hope it brings big bucks.its photos are on My Instagram page. helenrojas 998acrylic_art.thankyou
Odie Pineda on April 12, 2020:
I have 1977 one dime error. The error is in the obverse the face have a character and number.. how much is the value of my 1977 one dime error??
Roland SliskevicsIII on April 04, 2020:
I have a 1980 d dime and its missing the w on in god we trust is it worth any tjing
Ryan Gray on April 02, 2020:
I have a dime that is stamped only on one side it is 200? Thinner than normal only showing the side with the head
Jonathan marsh on March 27, 2020:
I have a 1967 dime and the face is bubbled and rosaveld looks like a burn victum outher side is normal it dose have some where but im not sure what price to put on it
Rob on March 25, 2020:
I have a 1979 Jefferson head nickel that's Doubled on the obverse over half of motto Doubled. Its so clear you can see some of it without magnification. The reverse looks like it has a tornado coming out of the front door and the building itself almost seems to be 3 Could anyone give an estimated value the coin is circulated but in good condition
Bill on March 25, 2020:
I cant find this error anywere...its a 2010 P Dime with raised area past mouth n near noise...then on back seems to have half the reg image over normal but down n to the right...
romulo l. rafer jr. on March 23, 2020:
i have a 2018 dime with excess burrs in the flower of reverse side.some of my dimes are also no mint marks.
Abelardo salas on March 23, 2020:
I have one dime 2004-D over S mint mark..doubled mint mark.
email@example.com on March 19, 2020:
I have wheat and dime error coin
Carlos avila on March 19, 2020:
I have a dime 1981 with red spots..
Peggy Williams on March 18, 2020:
I have a 2006 P dime what I believe was on the computer looks like maybe there's another face imposed over it
Dave jm on March 16, 2020:
Ihave a 1968 rosavelt dime no mint mark the first 3 num are razed the 8 is flush and has a slite tilt what could it be worth
Jamie on March 11, 2020:
I have a 2011 dime good face.the back not printed. Likr it bounced out of the press. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. woundering what the value is and where i could sell it
email@example.com on March 01, 2020:
I have a 1980 dime doing you know anything about it
Trish on February 28, 2020:
I have a 1984 D Dime with only 6 on the flames.?
Eve on February 24, 2020:
I have a 2003 dime that looks like its a heavy rainbow on front and back. I still havent been able to get it appraised yet though. The coin dealers here don't have a clue as to what it is they assume its man made
Joseph on February 24, 2020:
I found a dime that is part missing in it is reel smooth frount in back has some copper in the back it's a 1972 vary rare
Duane Smith on February 23, 2020:
i have a dime that is missing the usu in Epluribusunum
Seanh on February 23, 2020:
I have a 1996p dime I have never seen I want to find out more about
Clear Shine on February 23, 2020:
I have a 2012 dime smooth edges, thick cooper back, silver front. does this coin have value/
Troy Swinney on February 17, 2020:
I have a 1999 Roosevelt dime that has both sides stamped on both sides is it worth anything
Marilyn on February 16, 2020:
I have a dime that looks just like a penny they forgot to put the nickel plating over the dime it is all over copper 100% could you tell me what it is worth
ED MONSTER on February 12, 2020:
I have a dime that is REALLY messed up can't even read ALL of the date .The coin is not even ROUND . ALL I can read on the date is 199
Brendog on February 10, 2020:
I have a 1985 dime. Very good shape. On the back where it says one dime the e is missing. It says one dim
Linda on February 10, 2020:
I have a few dimes
2012 dime that is missing the clad layer on both sides.
1982 with In god we trust misspelled and the s looks like a 5 and at the end of trust the t is an I, also have it on a 1990 dime
1972 and 1974 that are missing the "We" and the "I" in 'In God we trust'
1976 the mint mark D is a small letter and not like the others I've seen almost looks like a small o
George on February 08, 2020:
I have a 1976 dime with a flat, smooth edge, kinda looks like a vinyl record... Where do I go to see if it is special?
Steve on February 06, 2020:
Look like 2064 dime strike on a penny?
Tim on February 06, 2020:
My 1964 dime say in god a we trust instead of in god we trust does anyone know of one
Vburgard on February 05, 2020:
Have a 1970 Dime with S from top of head to jaw line??
Captain smiles on February 04, 2020:
I have a 1979 dime thats missing clad and double die everywhere
Troy Shultz on February 04, 2020:
I have a 1968 d dime. Its missing the word we.
Chris on February 03, 2020:
I have a 1996 P dime and the left side is raised around the edge but the right hand side isn't. I seen someone trying to sell one that seemed identical for like 500 bucks but there is no way a dime like that would be worth 500 is there?
ACMCCLAIN23 on February 02, 2020:
I have a 2000 dime that the head looks like it is melted...the entire dime seems pitted even but not from damage normally seen in circulation almost as if the metal is different than normal...i was wondering what it is i found. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
Gregory Tagen on February 01, 2020:
1977 dime missing M.E. On reverse side we’re it says one dime missing third stock and the word in between two and three stocks
Georgia on January 23, 2020:
I have a dime 2015 D mint mark the dime has like scratches on front and on back the dime is smooth no jagged edges pretty sure made like that and on the letters on the back are only half the letters other half gone
Vickey on January 21, 2020:
I have a 1955 rosevelt dime it is larger than the other dimes it weigh .25 grams instead of .23 and its solid silver you can tell it looks looks a proof dime. I dont know what to make of it
Ladonna on January 19, 2020:
I have a 1965 dine but i cant se all the date and its not perfectly round one part of it is like a curve kinda strait line. Is it worth anything
firstname.lastname@example.org on January 17, 2020:
I have a couple of weird looking dimes with major errors
David D on January 15, 2020:
I tripped across a dime that appears to be light-struck. It's a 2015D. There is a smooth rim, flats in the image center, on both reverse and obverse, and it is noticeably thicker than a regular dime. The protorim is much deeper than a regular one - I can very easily catch my fingernail on it and significant effort is required to scrape past it. The edge of the coin, both sides, is sharp. Not sharp enough to cut you, but a noticeably squared edge.
What do I have here? :)
My name is David Vega on January 15, 2020:
I have a 1961 p dime that inside looks like a penny or it's inside of a penny.
Tim on January 14, 2020:
I have a 2019 Roosevelt dime with a completely smooth band and the torch is flat
Darryl on January 13, 2020:
I have a 2000 p Roosevelt dime with another denomination struck on it
Wanda Muxyah on January 08, 2020:
I have a off center 2007 roosevelt Dime
David on January 07, 2020:
I have a 1967 Dime that has extra leafs on rev side different from the Dimes with leaf on lower left I’ve found on Internet I haven’t found it anywhere on internet
dean farber on January 04, 2020:
I saw a 1958 ben franklin half dollar with the top of the 8 filled with silver. Is it worth more than silver content?
Chris Stephens on January 02, 2020:
I have a 1970 D dime but the IME is missing from the word dime on the backside is this common or valuable?
Dana M Freeman on December 31, 2019:
I have a 1972 d dime. It has a smooth rim, like it was not cut properly.
Rodney on December 16, 2019:
I have a 1862 penny that had extra metal poured on the front(top of the indians head) and on the reverse side there is a hole in the coin where it would be on the back.anyone know what the value of this might be? 612 458 3758 is my number
Ashley C on December 15, 2019:
I have a 1993 P dime with the left face side having an extended and over-ringed edge. Help!
Jon C on December 13, 2019:
I have two dimes minted together one heads the other tails each having a blank side
Eric D. on December 12, 2019:
I have a 1980 D mint Dime the We in "In God we trust" is on the edge of the coin as well the zero in 1980
Frank on December 08, 2019:
I have a2011 Roosevelt dime letters from Lincoln cents onrim across in God we trust transparent face on neck think Lincoln need help to know what kind of error
Cliff on December 07, 2019:
I have a 1954-s dime missing the designers initials. Any info will be helpful.
Sean on December 07, 2019:
Liberty 5 cent 1977 D with the full steps in aANU
John Ordunez on December 07, 2019:
I have a 54 no mint dime and on the reverse side is a wheat penny
Thomas O on December 02, 2019:
I have a 1966 without the mint mark and a 1975. Both dimes
Luis on November 29, 2019:
I have a 1965 Dime no mint but on the back side we’re it says United States of America’s the whole letters are cut in half is a onather ring but cut and also as u look at the Dime the brunch on the right and the flames of the torch are cut can u help me
Htj on November 25, 2019:
Have a 1971 dime but instead of 1971 it says 3971 for the date and you can tell that it is an error coin not made to look like one it's a genuine error
Mike on November 23, 2019:
Have a dime that is twice as thick any thoughts
Jason keen on November 23, 2019:
Yeah I got a 2015D dime with the back almost completely blank...it's got the middle part of the torch and can barely see "United States of America one dime" can anyone help me find out the value cuz my searches have only given me a headache
Jennifer Dorsey on November 23, 2019:
How can I find out the value of my dime that has mint mark errors and it has part copper showing through the silver on the obverse side
Chris s. on November 23, 2019:
I have a dime from 1965 with no mi t mark and the date is doubled . Plus on the rear of the coin eplurbusunum is doubled also. Is this coin o any importance.
Angie on November 21, 2019:
I have a 2001 P dime that is almost flat in the front and the rim is very bright, but the bank is shiny and blank. there is nothing on the back. What's it worth?
Timothy Edwards on November 11, 2019:
I got lot of weat penny and elebith two penny and some them have pretty old date on them just don't know who I have them check out see if any them bauble let me know some one see if they bauble I stay in Greenville North Carolina
Jay on November 10, 2019:
I have a 1964 dime with a round edge smooth edge that almost looks like a ring around it? Anyone know?
Paul Nickel, of Quora three year writer, 6,500 answers to date on November 09, 2019:
I am Paul, monk and teacher at Quora
Two US dimes exist, these are almost identical, I own one, I would like to find the other fellow, the obverse on these is almost perfectly matched on my 2003 and his 2018, both of these have a mermaid shaped distortion on reverse 6mmx1.6mm it was thought that this was a post mint damage issue but this is no longer a possibility, at the image resolution possible at most sites, its kinda hard to get an appreciative look, we now see that the error actually can happen but is going to be pretty rare, as the event causing it is unlikely and we think will only ve seen on small thin planchet types. Those wishing to discuss it may pull me up at Quora, Paul Nickel, monk, it's very easy to do, trust me.you don't even need a link. I will post the images there the first to ask about it, will be answered by the best on the planet. I will post a few examples to help here there too. Thanks guys. Hope to see a few of you there.
Catrina on November 08, 2019:
Hello, I have a dime that appears to have a circular object printed into it right in front of Roosevelt's ear.
Brandon E Williams on November 07, 2019:
I have a 1974 Dime with no mint mark and its in excellent shape. Looks like a proof would.
Queen Nichole on November 05, 2019:
I have a 1965 dime no mint mark and off center plus the we is barely noticable could u help me
Frank Reilly on November 03, 2019:
Have a 1976D US Dime that has a Space between the A&M in America, could this be an error? Would you have it Graded?
Miguel on November 03, 2019:
I have 1975 dime with no s. I want to sell
Shane on November 01, 2019:
Does anyone know if a 1991 error dim in beautiful shape worth
Pasquale on October 30, 2019:
I have one with more errors than one CV ould adequately count within an hours time, and another is a close contemder...back torches on the front amongst a bunch of others...unreal!
Jacob on October 30, 2019:
I have a dime that is missing the "in" and "we" on the front. what is it's value?