Expert Comments

Ron Guth

1903 saw a continuation of massive mintages of Dimes, particularly at Philadelphia where mint machinery cranked out 19.5 million of the small silver coins.  This was more than the mintages of the Quarter Dollar, Half Dollar, and Dollar - combined.  Thus, 1903 Dimes are very common in all grades and offer a good option for type buyers.  In Mint State, the majority of the population ranges from MS62 to MS64.  Gems are similarly plentiful and the 1903 Dime becomes super-rare only in MS67.

The strike quality for this date is excellent, so collectors should seek out (and be prepared to pay a premium for) coins with exceptional eye appeal and color.

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 35000 R-2.6 64 / 76 TIE 64 / 76 TIE
All Grades 500 R-6.0 43 / 76 TIE 43 / 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

Heritage 4/2006:435 - Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3932, $7,050

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:92, $1,586

4 MS66 PCGS grade