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Roosevelt Silver Dime Values & Prices

How Much Is My Roosevelt Dime (1946-1964) Worth?

By , About.com Guide

Roosevelt dime
Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, Ha.com

This guide is will give you an idea of how much your Roosevelt Silver Dimes minted from 1946 to 1964 are worth.  The table below provides average coin values and prices based upon the condition of the coin.  If the coin shows evidence of wear on it due to being used in commerce, it is considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated." The pictures below illustrate examples of each condition

Introduction to Coin Values

There are many factors that go into determining the value of your coins. First of all you must understand how the coin market works. If the coin dealer runs out of 1949-S Roosevelt dimes, he cannot just call the mint and order more of them because the mint does not make coins dated 1949 anymore. The coin dealer must replenish his supply by buying coins from other dealers or people who come to his store to sell their coins. What he pays you for that coin is known as the "wholesale price" or "value." If you want to buy that 1949-S from the coin dealer, that is known as the "retail price" or "price."

Market Analysis

Roosevelt dimes are still made for circulation by the United States Mint. The current coin is made with a copper and nickel alloy.  Up until 1964, dimes were made with 90% silver. with the recent surge in the price of silver, most circulated coins are driven by  their bullion value. If you want to get the most money for your Roosevelt silver dimes, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Condition or Grade Examples

Roosevelt Silver Dime Average Circulated Condition Circulated Roosevelt Silver Dime Average Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated
Click on the photos above for a larger image.
Photos courtesy of Teletrade Coin Auctions, www.teletrade.com

Mint Marks

Roosevelt Silver Dimes were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the picture below, the mint mark is located on the reverse of the coin, near the bottom just above the "E" in ONE and to the left of the base of the torch.

Roosevelt Silver Dime mint mark location
Mint Mark Location
Image © 2013 James Bucki, All rights reserved.

Roosevelt Silver Dimes Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer when you buy the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Roosevelt silver dime.  The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate values and prices and the actual offer that you will receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors.

Date & Mint Circulated   Uncirculated
Buy Sell Buy Sell
1946 $4.00 B.V. $6.00 $4.60
1946 D $4.00 B.V. $7.00 $4.70
1946 S $4.00 B.V. $7.00 $4.40
1947 $4.00 B.V. $7.00 $4.60
1947 D $4.00 B.V. $8.00 $5.20
1947 S $4.00 B.V. $8.00 $4.50
1948 $4.00 B.V. $7.00 $4.60
1948 D $4.00 B.V. $8.00 $5.40
1948 S $4.00 B.V. $7.00 $5.40
1949 $4.00 B.V. $13.00 $8.40
1949 D $4.00 B.V. $12.00 $7.60
1949 S $4.00 B.V. $22.00 $15.00
1950 $4.00 B.V. $9.00 $5.10
1950 D $4.00 B.V. $8.00 $6.00
1950 S $4.00 B.V. $26.00 $18.00
1951 $4.00 B.V. $7.00 $5.50
1951 D $4.00 B.V. $9.00 $5.70
1951 S $4.00 B.V. $11.00 $7.70
1952 $4.00 B.V. $7.00 $4.40
1952 D $4.00 B.V. $6.00 $4.10
1952 S $4.00 B.V. $10.00 $6.70
1953 $3.00 B.V. $6.00 $4.00
1953 D $3.00 B.V. $6.00 $4.10
1953 S $3.00 B.V. $7.00 $3.90
1954 $3.00 B.V. $6.00 $4.10
1954 D $3.00 B.V. $6.00 $4.00
1954 S $3.00 B.V. $6.00 $3.80
1955 $3.00 B.V. $7.00 $5.30
1955 D $3.00 B.V. $6.00 $3.70
1955 S $3.00 B.V. $6.00 $3.90
1956 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.20
1956 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.20
1957 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.30
1957 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.20
1958 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.30
1958 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.30
1959 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.30
1959 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.30
1960 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.40
1960 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.20
1961 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.20
1961 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.30
1962 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $2.60
1962 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $2.50
1963 $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.10
1963 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.20
1964 $3.00 B.V. $4.00 $3.30
1964 D $3.00 B.V. $5.00 $3.30

B.V. = Bullion Value. You can check the current bullion value of all U.S. silve coins.

These prices and values have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing publications such as Numismatic News, Coin World, "The Official Blue Book; Handbook of U.S. Coins," "The Official Red Book; A Guide Book of United States Coins", The Coin Dealer Newsletter, published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.

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