The Bust dime value for the most often encountered Capped variety dated 1809-1837, begins in the $26 to $27 range. Now the earlier and rarer Draped variety of 1796-1807, has a starting value of $375 for a coin in "Good" condition.
True, these minimum values are substantial but... discover a "better date" in your group of coins and the interest and value climbs dramatically.
Additionally, the "Uncirculated" Bust Dime pictured, is a coin dealers and collectors treasure because of its excellent state of preservation. Auction results of $650 or better for a coin in this condition prove they are avidly collected.
You can estimate your Bust Dime value accurately by first determining its "Grade" then checking the values listed on the chart. See more about grading Bust dimes below.
The following chart highlights the large premiums paid for the higher condition dimes. Rare and seldom found dates and exceptionally well preserved coins command the highest prices. Please, examine your coins closely.
|Bust Dime Value|
|Condition of Coin|
|Bust Dime Value Updated||2017|
|Draped Bust Variety 1796-1797|
|Draped Bust 1798-1807|
|Capped Bust Type 1809-1828|
|Capped Bust Small Type 1828-1837|
|The Following are a Few Selected Dates|
|1820 Lg. 0||$38||$158||$344||$880|
|1821 Lg. Date||$42||$78||$317||$1,231|
The above are wholesale values. Computed from dealer's price lists with various mark-up factors figured in. They reflect closely the value you would expect to receive when selling. Variations in value do occur subject to subtle grading points, collector demands and dealer needs.
For additional reference... NumisMedia publishes an extensive fair market value price guide, covering the retail Bust Dime Value in detail.
The better the condition of your coins, the higher the value, much higher. Don't overlook this point. Especially in the Draped variety, what may appear as a very slight improvement in condition, often means a huge increase in value.
The concept is straight forward, as a coin circulates and wears, all the varying degrees of its condition are assigned a "grade". Your average circulated 1807 Dime increases from $330 in Good condition to $1,550 in the Extremely Fine grade.
Compare your coins to the grading images and find the closest match. Both the Draped and Capped varieties are pictured. Improving detail in the hair of Liberty and the eagle feathers, separate the grades.
If your coin is in the Extremely Fine or better condition, you have a highly desirable and valuable coin. Use caution here, a small degree of difference in appearance has a big impact on coin values. Let the experts help.
Collectors and dealers consider PCGS and NGC as leaders in coin grading services. They both authenticate and grade your coins. The small fee you pay provides assurance you understand and receive the full value of your coin.
Grading a coin is not an exact science. It is your opinion, dealers and collectors have their own opinions... and they can all differ slightly.
Research rare coin dealer's listings, compare your bust dime to those you find. Notice the prices usually include a notation to the NGC or PCGS assigned grade. Additionally... these coin dealers are potential buyers of your coins.
Imagine one of the first dimes minted - 1796, still in brand new condition. They do survive and when auctioned reach over $12,100 in value. It is also one of the top five rare dates. Find one in Good condition and you have a $2,075 coin. The other four rare dimes...
1797, Immediately send this to a grading service. The value jumps from $2,940 in Good to over $12,300 in Extremely Fine condition.
Followed closely by the 1802 and 1804, both highly collected. $1,800 to $3,200 in Good condition. Most dime collectors are missing these in their collections.
1822 another key to the series. Starting at $1,700 in good condition, the value reaches to $7,500 in Extremely Fine.
Rare dates, rare condition, rare varieties, many factors contribute to the bust dime value. Today with the Web it is easy to see large numbers of rare coins. Visit dealer's web sites, look for and compare coins similar to yours.
Perhaps your coin is the beginning of a collection. If not, one approach is to sell all your coins and buy one nice rare coin... the one you were hoping to find in the box. Pass the thrill of a rare and valuable coin on to your children.
Bust dime value is ever increasing. Sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. Seldom do they fall in value. Rise and hold is the norm.
New collectors are attracted yearly. With their pursuit brings stable to rising demand and values. Keep in touch with coin values, return here when curious and check on their increase in worth.
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Print the Coin Values Worksheet - link in navigation column - to list your coins and record their values. Should you decide to sell... use the worksheet as an invoice and packing slip when sending coins through the mail to dealers. It indicates you have done your coin values homework.