The 1917 dime value is at a minimum of $1.71 - the price of silver it contains. However these old Mercury dimes are avidly collected today and many are valued higher.
First, worth a premium are the elusive Denver minted dimes, they have the highest value of the three mints producing coins in 1917. Dimes struck at Philadelphia and San Francisco although not as valuable as the Denver coins are still popular when found in higher grades.
Next, affecting your 1917 dime value is its state of preservation. The majority of these old dimes are heavily circulated and worn, lacking many of the original details. The "Uncirculated" 1917-S dime pictured, a $60 coin because of above average condition, would make a nice addition to any Mercury dime collection.
The value chart details how much your 1917 dime is worth, highlighting the different values depending on the amount of wear, and mintmarks. Below the chart are descriptions of the mintmark location and how to judge the condition of your old dime.
1917 Dime Value
|Condition of Coin|
|Date||Good - G||Fine - F||Extremely Fine
|1917 Dime Value Updated 2013|
Interest in collecting Mercury dimes is high. Collections are assembled by date and often include coins of the different mints that produced dimes for that year. Mintmarks identify the different mints, a small "D" for the Denver mint and "S" for San Francisco are found on the reverse. If your coin is without a mintmark, it was struck at the Philadelphia mint.
The amount of wear or preferable the lack of it, determines a large part of the value of your 1917 dime. Collectors after checking the date and mintmark next examine the condition of the coin and give it a "grade." As a coin wears there are distinct visual differences from one "grade" to the next. Judge your coins against the images and descriptions to gain an accurate value.
Uncirculated: This Mercury dime never circulated. Untouched since minted, it shines with luster. Your coin in this condition may show toning, but underneath there is no evidence of wear. Rotated under a light, an unbroken, radiating luster rolls across the surface. An uncirculated coin is one sparkling with a freshness placing it at the top of 1917 dime value.
Extremely Fine: Of interest to collectors are many Mercury dimes in Extremely Fine condition. The slight even wear leaves the majority of the design crisp and sharp. Liberty's hair above the eye is evidently worn but just slightly, wing details are beginning to show some smoothness.
Fine: Wear is noticeable over the entire surface. The central part of the wing is now flat and lacking any design detail, as well as the hair braid extending from Liberty's forehead to chin line. On the reverse of your dime, many but not all the vertical lines have merged.
Good: Heavy wear has removed most of the design, leaving only Liberty's portrait in outline. Protection once afforded by the rim is now blending with the lettering. The central device on the reverse "fasces" is worn smooth, again the rim is worn significantly into the lettering.
Evident a first glance is the stunning eye appeal of this boldly struck old dime. Obviously well cared for and upon close examination remarkably abrasion free.
Just beginning to appear is a touch of light gold toning along the rims. Beautiful colors setting atop frosty silver surfaces put this 1917-D Mercury dime in a separate quality class.
As you may guess, attractive rare coins are in demand, adding Mercury dimes are popular and when they sell, seldom are they bargain priced.
Collectors and dealers competed to out bid each other with the final cost of $1,207.50 reached at a David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction. The winner taking away a rare coin rarely offered in gem condition.
Mercury Dime Values
Values listed for the entire Mercury dime series including more on the 1917 dime value. Rare and valuable dates are scattered through out the series. Additionally, the condition of your old dime plays a key role in value.
Complete Dime Values
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