Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1909-S Dime is the most valuable of the 1909 Dimes by just a small margin (over the 1909-D).  The largest certified population is in MS64.  Above that, the number of MS65's drops off dramatically, MS66's are equally rare, and MS67's are fewer than the number of fingers on one hand.

The strike quality of the 1909-S Dime can be slightly mushy, so keep an eye open for fully struck examples (paying particular attention to the leaf structure on the lower reverse).  Positive eye appeal is always appreciated and there are some lovely, high-end coins with great color.  The PCGS MS67 illustrated above (formerly in Bob Simpson's collection) is particularly attractive.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
1000000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
205
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 8000 R-3.4 34 / 76 TIE 34 / 76 TIE
All Grades 200 R-7.0 12 / 76 TIE 12 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 14 / 76 TIE 14 / 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 12/2014:116, $12,337.50 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20045, not sold

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:4057, $12,075 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98304, $9,987.50 - Heritage 9/2015:3829, $9,400

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:1634 - Heritage 8/2009:510 - Heritage 8/2015:3997, $9,987.50 - Heritage 6/2016:4397, $7,050

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade