The 1936 dime value is at a minimum of $1.56 - the price of silver it contains. However these old Mercury dimes are avidly collected today and many are valued higher.
You can separate the minimum value silver dimes from the higher priced ones by checking the presence of "mintmarks" and judging the "condition" of your Mercury head dimes.
Your 1936 dime is worth a premium if determined it is in better than average condition. Collectors and dealers follow a process know as "grading" as they evaluate the condition of coins. With most old dimes surviving today in worn, circulated condition, a well preserved coin is the exception.
As an example, the value of the 1936 Mercury dime pictured is $10 or higher because of its very nice "uncirculated" condition.
Also, of great importance as you value these coins are "mintmarks" used by the different mints and struck onto dimes. There are three mints involved and each is valued separately. It is the combination of mintmarks and condition that decides the value of 1936 dimes.
1936 Dime Value
|Condition of Coin|
|Date||Good - G||Fine - F||Extremely Fine
|1936 Dime Value Updated 2013|
Listings on the chart are separated by condition and dimes are further identified by the mint striking the coin. Of the three mints, Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco, two placed a mintmark on the coin to indicate the mint of origin. And the scarcest of the them, Denver used a "D" the San Francisco mint an "S" these mintmarks are found on the reverse, along the bottom, next to the rim.
After you determine if you old dime has a mintmark the next step is judging how well it has survived until today. Done by carefully judging its condition and assigning a "grade." A nicely detailed dime with the least amount of wear becomes a highly collectible coin and would make a welcome addition to any collection.
Uncirculated: Here is a Mercury dime that is in brand new condition and at the top of 1936 dime value. The original surfaces imparted by the mint are still intact. As you view the coin under a single light source luster radiates extending rim to rim. If any wear is present a slight graying effect is seen on the highest elements of the design, most noticeable the cheek and hair above Liberty's eye.
Extremely Fine: Serving for just a short time in commerce a Mercury head dime in extremely fine condition is worn but only slightly. All of the major and most of the finer details are visible. Liberty's hair close to her eye, once bold and raised is now slightly flattened and in areas smooth. Feather details also flattened have lost some definition. Your 1936 dime must portray a clear and fresh appearance.
Fine: Wear is noticeable covering the entire surface, diminishing the minor parts of the design. A blending of hair details on the obverse and a flattening of the design in the leaf details on the reverse. At this stage of wear your old coin still retains a pleasing look.
Good: After many years of use the portrait is reduced to just an outline with little detail left. The rim is beginning to merge with the lettering. Worn almost smooth these dimes are at the low end of the 1936 dime value.
The selling price of the rare 1936 Mercury dime pictured was a strong $483 at a David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction. The unmistakable quality of this coin was divided between its eye appeal, detailed strike and a fortunate lack of marks.
Your old silver dimes are evaluated in the same manner. Collectors and dealers are willing to value a coin higher when it approaches quality not often seen on the market. Helping to support these high values is the fact collections of Mercury head dimes as assembled and constantly upgraded as better examples of given dates and mints are available.
Competition among bidders to obtain this coin, because so few are available this nice, ignores pricing guides and taking over is the desire to place it their holdings. Evaluation of your coins using, eye appeal, and judging the surfaces for nicer quality leads to possible higher value of your 1936 dime.
Mercury Dime Values on the Rise
Rare and valuable dates are scattered through out the series leading to a wide range in Mercury dime values. A key element, the condition of your coin, is a major driving force to rare coin values. Compare your coins to the grading images, determine their condition and check the value of your Mercury Head Dimes.
Complete Dime Values
One of the most popular and widely collected coins today. Spanning over two hundred years of US dime production with rare coin values listed for literally hundreds of date and mintmark combinations. Examine closely these small potential treasures.
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