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5 Roosevelt Dimes Collectors Should Look For

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Roosevelt Dime, 1982 10C No Mintmark - Strong, FB, PCGS MS67FB. Click image to enlarge.

The Roosevelt Dime series is highly popular with coin collectors, yet it’s not necessarily known for offering a bevy of rare key dates. Nearly every circulating date in the series is relatively common, even among the pre-1965 90% silver issues that were hoarded by bullion seekers decades ago. Still, there are several varieties and conditional rarities that are worth seeking, including the following five valuable Roosevelt Dimes:

1965 90% Silver Transitional Error

This transitional error happened when 90% silver planchets discontinued for production on dimes dated after 1964 were fed into presses operating with 1965-dated dies. This was possible because the United States Mint some 90% silver planchets intended for 1964 Roosevelt Dimes may have inadvertently been left in presses designated for the 1965 copper-nickel clad pieces, as has happened with other off-metal transitional errors involving other coins over the years.

Roosevelt Dime, 1965 10C Stk on Silver 10C Plan, PCGS MS62. Click image to enlarge.

How many of these transitional errors were made is unknown, though the 90% Silver 1965 Roosevelt Dime is considered extremely rare. Most are worth between $3,000 and $6,000, but some trade hands for much more. One specimen graded PCGS MS62 took $9,000 in a 2019 Heritage Auctions offering, with other high-end examples taking similar figures.

1982 No-Mintmark Strong

While the United States Mint began planting the “P” mintmark representing the Philadelphia Mint on all coins higher in value than the one-cent coin in 1980, the practice was still relatively new in 1982. And, in the early 1980s, the United States Mint was still hand-punching mintmarks onto working dies – a laborious process certainly by today’s automated standards that left plenty of room for error. In this case, error prevailed – twice.

Roosevelt Dime, 1982 10C No Mintmark - Strong. Click image to enlarge.

There are two distinct varieties of the 1982 No-Mintmark Roosevelt Dimes, including a weak strike and a strong strike. While the weak strikes are worth much more than face value, the strong strikes are far more valuable. Exact numbers are unknown with these coins, but given die lifespans, no more than 75,000 strong strikes were created, and these are worth about $75 and up, even in circulated grades. Examples grading MS65 trend for around $325, with the record price of $2,185 for a PCGS MS68 specimen hammered in a 2004 Heritage Auctions sale.

1982-P

Looking for a 1982 No-Mintmark Roosevelt Dime? Don’t forget to look for specimens with a “P” mintmark, too! While the Philadelphia Mint struck 519,475,000 Roosevelt Dimes in 1982, the annual production of Mint Sets was a casualty of massive federal cutbacks both that year and in 1983; this means a major source of uncirculated business-strike coinage, the Mint Set, was unavailable to collectors then and, of course, today.

Roosevelt Dime, 1982-P 10C, FB, PCGS MS67FB. Click image to enlarge.

Making matters worse was the deep recession that hit Americans in 1982 and 1983 giving larger-than-usual numbers of cash-strapped Americans more reasons not to buy and save quantities of uncirculated bank rolls. Thus, 1982-P Roosevelt Dimes are conditional scarcities, and the result are strong prices for these pieces. A 1982-P Roosevelt Dime trades for about $5 in MS63 and $8 in MS65, with Full-Bands specimens going for as much as $3,000 in the finest-known grade of MS67+FB.

1983-P

As aforementioned, there were no Mint Sets produced by the United States Mint in 1982 and 1983, and for various reasons relatively few coins of the era were saved in uncirculated condition. While the Denver-minted coins of the period seem to be relatively more available, business strikes from the Philadelphia Mint saw greater attrition in circulation and thus are a bit scarcer these days than their Denver counterparts.

Roosevelt Dime, 1983-P 10C, FB, PCGS MS67FB. Click image to enlarge.

While 647,025,000 Roosevelt Dimes were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, few were saved in roll and bag quantities. The issue retails for $5 in MS63 and $8 in MS65, with the scarcer Full Bands specimens taking significantly more on the high end of the grading spectrum. In MS67FB, a 1983-P Roosevelt Dime trends for $1,750.

1996-W

Today, the typical American collector has grown rather accustomed to hearing about and looking for modern circulating rarities struck at the West Point Mint in New York. But in the mid-1990s, coins bearing the “W” mintmark were still quite novel. The West Point Mint was called upon to produce a special 1996-W Roosevelt Dime for inclusion in Mint Sets to mark the 50th anniversary of the Roosevelt Dimes, which launched in 1946.

Roosevelt Dime, 1996-W 10C, FB, PCGS MS68FB. Click image to enlarge.

The 1996-W Roosevelt Dime was a free bonus issued only in 1996 Mint Sets. In all, a total of 1,457,000 of these special dimes were struck, and none were distributed into circulation. However, that doesn’t mean some 1996-W Dimes weren’t later released into commerce – perhaps by way of people who have inherited these coins from numismatic loved ones but didn’t realize the 1996-W Roosevelt Dime, which generally looks like any other modern Roosevelt Dime, is valuable. Uncirculated specimens take $10 in MS63 and $16 in MS65, with Full Bands pieces in a grade of MS67FB fetching $45.

Coin Collecting: Basics Roosevelt Dimes (1946-to Date)

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