Minimum 1921 dime value is $45 for a coin in "good" condition, your coin is a scarce date worth well above most other dates in the Mercury dime series.
And depending on the mint that struck your dime there is the possibility of an even higher change in value.
Creating a rare dime, the Denver mint, identified by a "D" mintmark, struck the least amount of dimes in 1921. In great demand by collectors, today's value of a moderately worn example is $55 to $150.
Also moving values up or down is the eye appeal of your coin, is it sharply detailed or very worn? The coin pictured here is an "uncirculated" 1921 dime with a value well above $1000 because of its above average uncirculated condition.
Below are images of Mercury dimes in various stages of wear, each representing large swings in value. Compare your coin to these grading images and judge how much your 1921 dime is worth.
1921 Dime Value
|Condition of Coin|
|Date||Good - G||Fine - F||Extremely Fine
|1921 Dime Value Updated||2014|
A mint marked 1921 dime is worth significantly more than the Philadelphia coin.
The Denver mint used a "D" to distinguish dimes struck at their facility. Mintmarks are found on the reverse along the rim. Dimes without a mark were struck in Philadelphia.
The chart shows the value of a 1921 dime in "extremely fine" condition is far higher than a coin in "good" condition, highlighting the importance of accurately determining the condition of your coins. Collectors and dealers are always searching for the best quality, best preserved coins. They judge the condition of each and assign a "grade." Comparing your coins to the images finds the accurate condition value on the chart.
Uncirculated: At the top in value and desirability an Uncirculated Mercury dime is in the same condition as it left the mint, there is no wear on the coin. The delicate mint luster is unbroken and still covers the entire surface. Examine high points of the design for signs of wear, it occurs first on the hair above the eye and Liberty's cheek just below the eye.
Extremely Fine: Although this coin has been in circulation, it sill remains very detailed in appearance. Across the surface a small amount of wear is visible. The feather details of the wing above Liberty's ear have worn and lost detail but remain separated. Also a slight flatness to the once rounded cheek is noticeable. On the reverse, all of the vertical lines of the "fasces" are separated. Your coin is a nice collectible condition with a premium 1921 dime value.
Fine: After serving for an extended period of time your dime has lost considerable detail. Liberty's portrait once distinguished by feathers in a wing above her ear is hard to recognize. Additionally the hair running along her fore head under her cap is now quite flat, the curls hard to see.
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.
Seldom does the opportunity to bid on a rare gem 1921 Mercury dime appear. Seldom is the coin as lustrous, well struck, and abrasion free as this coin. Finding a nice 1921 to add to a collection is always a challenge.
Competition to own this stunning example drove the price to $3,450 at a David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction. A low mintage coin, therefore always scarce, with most survivors circulated and worn. Advanced collectors seeking the best are willing to bid high for the right coin.
Your 1921 dime is a challenging key to completing the Mercury dime collection. Value is determined by condition, originality of its surfaces and boldness of strike. The demand for the date is always high.
Mercury Dime Values on the Rise
Rare and valuable dates are scattered through out the series. A key element, the condition of your coin, is a major driving force to value. Compare your coins to the grading images, determine their condition and check the value of your Mercury Dimes.
Complete Dime Values
One of the most popular and widely collected coins today. Spanning over two hundred years of US dime production and literally hundreds of date and mintmark combinations. Examine closely these small potential treasures.
Coin Values Discovery... finds 1921 dime value and... all old US coin values. It is an excellent index, follow the images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Value charts, alongside grading images to judge condition, determines how much your box of old coins is worth.
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