Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1896 Dime is a very common coin that can be found in high grade with little difficulty.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census (Top Ten Finest) includes coins in MS66 at the low-end going all the way up to a single MS67 at the top end.  This date comes well-struck and fully lustrous.  A few prooflike example are known, and the premiums on such coins are so low that they are a "must-buy."  The most valuable versions of this date are those with great toning and eye appeal.

17.90 millimeters
Charles E. Barber
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 10000 R-3.0 39 / 76 TIE 39 / 76 TIE
All Grades 400 R-6.2 34 / 76 TIE 34 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 35 / 76 TIE 35 / 76 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:71, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20027, not sold

2 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3906, $4,817.50

2 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Nicedimes Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade