Roosevelt Dime Error List

Updated on February 27, 2015

Valuable Dimes -

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.

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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.

1947 Silver Roosevelt Dime
1947 Silver Roosevelt Dime | Source
  • 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.

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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.

Value of Roosevelt Dimes. Pictured above is 1963 Silver Dime
Value of Roosevelt Dimes. Pictured above is 1963 Silver Dime

1946-1964:

  • Weight – 2.5 Grams
  • Metal Composition – 90% Silver, 10% Copper
  • Melt Value – Approx. $2.89

1965-Present:

  • 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.

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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.

Proof Dimes, like the one above, are generally worth more than normal minted dimes, but they can only be purchased with Proof Sets. You won't find these in circulation.
Proof Dimes, like the one above, are generally worth more than normal minted dimes, but they can only be purchased with Proof Sets. You won't find these in circulation.
  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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+.

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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.

1995 Roosevelt Dime Struck Slightly Off Center. The off center strike can be observed near the top of the coin where there are two rim marks.
1995 Roosevelt Dime Struck Slightly Off Center. The off center strike can be observed near the top of the coin where there are two rim marks.

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.

1980 Roosevelt Dime Error Missing Clad Layer.
1980 Roosevelt Dime Error Missing Clad Layer. | Source
  • 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.

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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!

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        Daniel 12 days ago

        I have a 1977 with no mint mark and the word Liberty is on the edge

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        Marcin 3 weeks ago

        I have 1999 d dime very dark brown , any body know whey the dark color

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        Donald Scroggins 3 weeks ago

        I have a 2011 d dinner solid copper. Anybody have info about it it would help.

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        Jess 4 weeks ago

        I have a 196? Dime that has a thick outter rim and it is such a thick rim that there is no last number. Any ideas?

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        Jeffrey O Pierce 5 weeks ago

        I have a 1967 dime that has 2 bubbles the larger of the 2 almost cover the nuclear to R in liberty while smaller one is at back of head at the edge of neck and hairline

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        Charles Gonzalez 5 weeks ago

        I have a 2010-D Dime the texture Both fron and back looks like a even rough texture??? Any ideas what could cause this??.

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        km 6 weeks ago

        it also did not mention the A and M touching which is a mint error

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        Dottie ware 6 weeks ago

        I have a 1974 fine with no mint mark. What kind of value does it have?

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        Amy Locklear 6 weeks ago

        I have a dime that don't have a year on it. Can anyone give me some information about it. Also it doesn't feel like other coins. Its lighter in weight.

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        Casrlos 6 weeks ago

        I have a 2015 P I guess because the date is hard to define LIBERTY is blurred and In God we trust mostly missing,is like something else was minted on Roosevelt face,another is 1994 D,the second 9 in the date is almost gone ,another is 1993 the word liberty is almost gone,God trust we is missing and the date is blurr

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        kerry Cooper 7 weeks ago

        My wife just handed me a dime that appears to be a double struck with 1986 - 1916

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        Timothy 7 weeks ago

        I have a 1967 dime with no we in the in God we trust can anyone tell me what’s the error worth? Also it has slight scrape in the torch and weird punch mark on the back.

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        John 7 weeks ago

        1970 o dime, its as o not a d

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        Johb 7 weeks ago

        I got a 1970 o dime, how much

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        Shawn 7 weeks ago

        I have a dime missing a number it a 2000 dime it reads only 3 numbers it's 200an last number is not there are many things unreadable on this dime how do I find out if it's worth money

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        Terry 7 weeks ago

        I have a 2012 p done that looks like part of it is bubbling on one side flip it over and no damage on the effected area on the reverse side but just below the damaged spot it bubbles again on the reverse side if that makes any since

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        Patrick 7 weeks ago

        I havve a 1994 P dime the P mint mark is clearly above the d.is this am error?!

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        Jami 8 weeks ago

        I have 1966 and 1967 dimes that only weigh 2.24-2.22 grams. are they error dimes or no?

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        Carol 8 weeks ago

        1975 dime js. No other marks dont look to be silver.Has a line going from the mouth to the neck.It looks like a half circle. Any information would be grateful

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        JohnJohn 8 weeks ago

        I have a 2003 dime with a totally blank side, looks like it was from the mint, any ideas?

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        Steven 8 weeks ago

        I have a 95 dime with line running up neck, stopping at nose. Ear is different from others and back of head and neckline different.

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        Angela Polimeda 8 weeks ago

        Have a dime, with no date and look like a cressant moon on both sides!! A little bigger then a normal dime!! Looking to sell it!!

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        Paul brown 8 weeks ago

        I have a 1970 dime with no water mark on the back the flame has 3 lines going down the flame.

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        Melva Montes 2 months ago

        I have a 1968 and 75 no S.

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        CHARLES SLAKAN 2 months ago

        The torch flame is tilted about 10 degrees on the left of the torch. IT CAN'T BE A WORN OUT DIE BECAUSE NOT ONLY THE FLAME BUT ALSO THE BANDS THAT JOIN THE FLAME TO THE TORCH ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE ON BOTH SIDES EXCEPT THE LEFT IS TILTED UP ALONG WITH ITS BASE ABOUT 10 DEGREES.

        I call it the Leaning Torch dime.

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        Eric 2 months ago

        I have a 1970 no s dime. And rainbow

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        kk 2 months ago

        Hi I just found 2014 P dime , it has a dimple on the back and is it has an outline of the engraving but no details , its also very shinny , sound familiar??

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        David Crabb 2 months ago

        I have a1968 no s dime

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        Zach 2 months ago from Colorado

        Dave,

        Sounds like an interesting coin. You may want to bring it into a local coin dealer to have it checked out.

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        Zach 2 months ago from Colorado

        Becky,

        No mint mark dimes during 1967 are very common. This is actually how the Philadelphia mint made their coins. Years later, they began to add the P mintmark.

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        Zach 2 months ago from Colorado

        Jeremy,

        While it looks odd, it's quite normal. The "6's" on these coins to look larger. Hang onto it though, it's still a silver coin!

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        Zach 2 months ago from Colorado

        Justin,

        Thanks for reading! Dimes minted from the Philadelphia mint in 1971 did not carry a mint mark. I don't want to burst your bubble, but it sounds like you just have a heavily circulated dime.

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        Dave 2 months ago

        I have a 1994p dime that is almost completely smooth on the edge and is quite a bit larger in diameter than a normal dime. in fact it is even slightly larger in diameter than a penny. It is quite thin though like it was struck too hard on the obverse without being completely seated in the die. There is slight ribbing on part of the reverse edge.

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        Brandon Keene 2 months ago

        I have 2001 die the edge has no lines and raised on both sides

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        Becky 2 months ago

        I have a 1967 dime that seems to be missing the mint mark.

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        Jeremy Puterbaugh 2 months ago

        I have a 1961 dime and I noticed the date is struck oddly, the six is bigger than 1,9 and 1

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        Justin 2 months ago

        I have a 1971 dime no mint mark that I can see but the in we trust is faded in parts what does that mean is it an error

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        Qtk777 2 months ago

        I have a gold color coin with 6. on one side of it placed in the center and the words “ KLOSTER-AKTIEN-BIERBRAUEREI *SALZUNCEN* “ Written around it. The other side of the coin is blank or un stamped. Anyone know what this is?

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        Corinna Henry 2 months ago

        I have a dime dated 2000 , it has a copper face .

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        Scott Tegtmeyer 3 months ago

        I have a 1981 P that appears to have a bar of metal raised, starting from the "O" in one blocking out the "N" almost entirely and runs clear across and blocks out the "E" in dime.

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        Mike 3 months ago

        I have a 2006p dime that is a 2006 or 2007? The 6 and seven are struck over each other! Is this a common error or rare?

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        Tasha 3 months ago

        I have a 1988d Dime ad on the face there is a grove/crack like line from about the eye straight down to the rim. Is it a error

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        Nannette cutlip 3 months ago

        I have a dime with no head side printed. It was stamped on the head side but so slightly that the head is very very light. I can't find anything on it. Can anyone help?

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        Gaye Dalton 3 months ago

        I have a 1971-D Roosevelt dime. On the reverse side bottom of coin where one dime is written. The "E" is missing in the word dime. "DIM". Your comment of value is appreciated. Thank you. Gay Dalton

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        Wayne Drake 3 months ago

        I was looking through some change and found a 1997 P dime offset would you know about what it is worth?

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        Will 3 months ago

        I have a 2000s gold dime what is it worth?

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        smith 3 months ago

        I have a Roosevelt dime dated 1929 with a P mint mark. I can't seem to find another like it. Please help me with this if possible. Happy New Year! email is yeljakets01 @yahoo.com

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        tj 3 months ago

        I have a 2010 p dime. On his neck there's a p too..

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        jason paananen 4 months ago

        I have a 1981 D with many differences! Please tell me its worth something? Its alot in the letters. Thanks

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        123456789 4 months ago

        I have a 1993 time made out of copper

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        Jose 4 months ago

        I have a 1986 dime the 8 is halfway erased also the 6.

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        Oldschool101 4 months ago

        I have a 1965 DDO Rooseavelt dime with very obvious doubling

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        Tim 4 months ago

        I have a 1981D with a circle on back of his head what's it worth I wonder

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        102020 4 months ago

        I have a strange dime that is 1986, but the 6 is printed over the 5. The coin is in bad condition, so it may be my eyes, but I swear I see a little line going right from the tip of the six.

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        Rob 5 months ago

        I have a 1983D dime with no rim on the obverse, and a flat rim on the reverse... it actually makes the dime look slightly smaller than a normal dime.

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        Coinerpro 5 months ago

        I have an unminted 2006 dime mint condition. How much is it worth?

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        Shevonne 5 months ago

        I found a dime that is completely normal on the back side, but the front has a phantom ghost face, nothing else. It's freaky cool!!!

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        Janice 5 months ago

        I have an unminted 1966, 1970, 1971 also have I believe a silver 1951 that does not appear to have a mint. Where can i go to assess the value. I reside in MO

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        Homeless in hell 5 months ago

        Found a 1985 P dime with bottom left edge slightly smudged towards face only noticeable on front. Mint error? Worth?

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        Dania James 5 months ago

        I have a rare 1975 no mint dime

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        Henry 6 months ago

        I found a us dime with 200 as the year is this worth anything?

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        Lamarr 6 months ago

        I have a dime that is silver on both sides, but is thicker than a normal dime and there is a copper layer in the middle. Worth anything? I can't seem to find any info on it....

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        Belinda 6 months ago

        I have a 1950 silver dime. It says silver instead of liberty

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        Rusty Shackleford 6 months ago

        The edge of my 2007 D dime is smooth without any grooves and rises up a little on both sides; almost like the print on the dime was pushed in too far.

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        Janice thomas 6 months ago

        I have a 1965 dime that has a few errors one that only God is displayed on front the planchet has a few errors

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        Bill martin 6 months ago

        I have a 1979 no mint mark Roosevelt dime and there appears to be a either a d or a on the obverse near his ear . Worth anything or anyone else see it

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        Billy berthoud 6 months ago

        I have a 1974 dime that has a Philadelphia mint also a Denver Mint on the same coin are there any others like that

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        Tina Chavez 6 months ago

        I have a 1985 dime looks like double face an if you turn it to the side an look closely it's kinda scary an a piece of metal coming outta his noise weird

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        Edward 6 months ago

        My dime question is if my dime weighs less than the rest is the worth keeping

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        Auburn 6 months ago

        When did Roosevelt dimes start getting the LS stamp

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        Kim 6 months ago

        Hi, I have a 1999 D Dime, has a raised leaf on obverse side on the top part of the presidents head. Also have a 1971 D dime with either a very small raised letter A or a die chip just below the Date, Doubling in the date, Possible Doubling D (GOD), For sure Doubling in LIBERTY the B R T shows raised doubling, and the initials i'm not sure are initials on obverse side. I have a 3rd dime with possible doubling on Reverse side. Is there anyone online who could look at my pictures to tell me for sure or with best guess by looking? Thank you

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        Tim webb 6 months ago

        I have a 1999 state quarter Connecticut and it looks like a stamp distortion on it around the rim towards the top I wonder if it's a mint error

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        Frank 7 months ago

        Have a 1979D US Dime that's double printed on the year, the four words, plainly on the R in Liberty. Could this be something I should have hraded?

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        JC Smith 7 months ago

        I have a 1981 Roosevelt dime where the "P" is raised and filled in. In other words, there is no space inside the looped part of the P. Its a blob of metal, like it wasn't stamped out. Is this an error? All the other dimes I have, you can easily read the P.

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        Justin 7 months ago

        I found a dime that has the reverse stamped in his head neck and face. Could this be worth keeping

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        jon a 7 months ago

        I have a Roosevelt P dime. the rim is flat and the weight is 1/4 oz. lest than a regular dime. it also has an extra peace of egg shape metal, stamped into his left cheek bone that looks like a tumor. it sticks up about a match cover higher than the coin itself, witch makes the date very hard to see. no one has seen this type of dime before. what would be it's value, please.

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        Walter nicholson 7 months ago

        I have a Roosevelt dime that's completely Brown no missing clad it's completely copper

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        Walt 7 months ago

        I have a dime with the Roosevelt front missing. The rim and back are there. Does it have value?

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        leigh 8 months ago

        i have a 1966 usa one shilling coin and ive notice ith the word DIME the letters I,M are completly missing and the letter E is barley vissible, is this coing worth anything

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        evelyn of hicksville n.y. 8 months ago

        I have a 1968 no-S dime and it not in proof!! It is in a special mint set from san Francisco. What should I do ???

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        Edward Calhoun 8 months ago

        I just found a 2014 d dime that weights 1.75, it looks like it may of been on some other coin. If you look closely at the unum on the back right above but upside down there is more letters. Does anyone know of such a coin. Thanks

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        Dennis 8 months ago

        I have a 1995 p dime on the back the branch is missing

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        A.Donato 8 months ago

        I have a 1970 Roosvelt Dime with a mistake in the back side of the coin specifically in the area of E-Pluribus Unum in the Unum after the torch is a lot of uuuuuuuuuuuuu on top of each other and the num is impossible to see. Any comments!!

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        matthew 9 months ago

        my 1966 dime has a ring on the torch

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        Brnalit 9 months ago

        2002 denver mint dime with no back?

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        Lance Borchert 9 months ago

        I have a1970 dime that half of the rim on the face looks double stamped.Starts thickening above Roosevelt's head and starts thinning out when it gets to his neck plus the thick side has a slight grove.

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        Ally 9 months ago

        I have a 2006 Roosevelt dime, completely missing the clad on the reverse, only copper. When I found it, it was shrink wrapped in a roll of all brand new 2006 p Roosevelt dimes. I am not sure of the rarity, value or grade.

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        Oliver 9 months ago

        I have a 1987 Liberty dime where the 1 is missing because of a die error, so the date on the dime is stamped 987. Can someone enlighten me about my coin?

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        John m 9 months ago

        I have a 1975 no s Roosevelt dime could u help me find out if its a proof?

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        Jessica 10 months ago

        i have a 1966 dime that is brown and in great shape. why is it brown

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        Bob 10 months ago

        I have a 1976D dime that is completely gold looking.any knowledge of this dime thanks

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        Delton Anderson 10 months ago

        Just to let you know the 1975 no mint is still out here i have two of them that i have got on two different days. I have other no mint dimes like a 1965 a 1966 a 1969 and 1977 and 1978 and 1979 can you let me know about these coins are should i just trash them

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        Dustin4040 10 months ago

        I have found a 1975 roosevelt dime with no mint mark!!!! I also found a 1968 Roosevelt dime with no mint mark!!! What should I do with these coins???

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        dean 10 months ago

        i have a 1990 p dime

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        Bane 10 months ago

        Is the bumpy dime worth anything

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        Tony K. 10 months ago

        I have a dime that's in good condition on one side duty is heavily worn on the reverse. It looks like two different dimes. How often have you seen this and how does it happen?

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        Jose 10 months ago

        I have a 1985 p wish looks to be minted n proof planchet please help

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        Donna 10 months ago

        i have a dime with the year 200. Is this rare?

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        Rita 10 months ago

        I have a 2001 D Roosevelt dime that is the same color as a brown penny. Is there any value in it? Thanks

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        Yvette mancillas 10 months ago

        I have a. 1999 D dime in the date 1999 it looks like 1909 and there's a S under the D also liberty and in God we trust looks double here's a photo of the dime.. thank you

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