1949 S Dime

Last updated: May, 06 2024

The 1949 S Roosevelt Dime is a coveted Key Date that is worth up to $325.00 in MS66 condition with a Full Torch and lightly toned. The more toned the better up until a certain point. The 1949 S dime will on average sell for $25.00, or at the very least $7.00.

1949 S Dime
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  • Key: Key Date
  • Year: 1949
  • Mint Mark: S
  • Type: Roosevelt Dime
  • Price: $7.00-$325.00+
  • Face Value: 0.10 USD
  • Produced: 13,510,000
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Silver Content: 90%
  • Silver Weight: .0723 oz.
  • Melt Value: $2.29

Notes: The S mint for the 1949 Roosevelt Dimes is the most sought after of the 90% 1949 Silver dimes. Its value is a good bit higher than either the D or the P. You'll want to be on the lookout for FB or Full Bands on the reverse of the coin. If the bands on the torch are clean and clear that is considered full bands. In terms of errors there really aren't that many to be found this year. There have been a few off center strikes and not much else. There is also a 1949 penny struck on a 1949 dime planchet. This will look like a penny, have the date 1949, but have the color of a silver dime.

The 1949 S Dime with Roosevelt on the obverse is a primary key date in the coin collecting community. This makes it one of the most valuable to date. Excellent toning, high mint state status certified by a company like PCGS or NGC along with the FT/FB abbreviation make this coin worth many times more than most coins.

What is FB/FT?

NGC lists this feature as FT or Full Torch, while PCGS lists it as FB or Full Bands. Whatever you choose to call it, this designation indicates the presence of a clean clear and present torch with most all of its lines intact.

Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

1949 S Roosevelt Dime is a Key Date meaning collectors are willing to pay a premium for this coin.

  • Grade EF40 = $5-$8
  • Grade AU50 = $6-$10
  • Grade AU53 = $8-$13
  • Grade AU55 = $9-$15
  • Grade AU58 = $10-$16
  • Grade MS60 = $14-$19
  • Grade MS61 = $14-$23
  • Grade MS62 = $15-$25
  • Grade MS63 = $23-$38
  • Grade MS64 = $30-$50
  • Grade MS65 = $38-$63
  • Grade MS66 = $45-$75
  • Grade MS67 = $53-$88

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How much is a 1949 S Dime worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $7.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $325 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1949, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].

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Specs & Design

This coin has a total mass of 2.268 g, a diameter of 17.91 mm, and a thickness of 1.52 mm. It's edge is Reeded, and the coins are composed of 1965-2022 75% Cu 25% Ni, Pre 1965 90% Silver and 10% Cu.

Designer: John R. Sinnock

Front (Obverse): The Roosevelt Dime is the modern United States dime that has for the most part continued production without interruption. The front also known as the obverse of the coin contains the bust of Franklin Roosevelt the 26th president of the United States. The words In God We Trust, and Liberty are inscribed as well as the date, the initials JS, and a mint mark if present. If no mint mark then the coin was issued at the Philadelphia mint.Roosevelt Dime Obverse

Back (Reverse): The reverse or back of this coin contains the words United States of America, One Dime, and E pluribus Unum (out of many, one). A lit torch is center, with an olive branch to the left, and an oak branch to the right.Roosevelt Dime Reverse For more information including the high res versions of images from above visit Wikipedia - Roosevelt Dime

What do the initials JS stand for? John Sinnock the Mints Chief Engraver.

Most Valuable

The most valuable Roosevelt Dime's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Roosevelt Dime 1949 S $325
Roosevelt Dime 2015 W $105
Roosevelt Dime 1950 S $80
Roosevelt Dime 1954 S $80
Roosevelt Dime 1951 S $60
Roosevelt Dime 1946 S $55
Roosevelt Dime 1950 $50
Roosevelt Dime 1954 $47
Roosevelt Dime 1952 S $40
Roosevelt Dime 1955 $40
Roosevelt Dime 1956 $40
Roosevelt Dime 1972 P $36
Roosevelt Dime 1957 $35
Roosevelt Dime 1972 D $35
Roosevelt Dime 1968 S $34
Roosevelt Dime 1971 S $33
Roosevelt Dime 1996 W $30
Roosevelt Dime 1970 $29
Roosevelt Dime 1973 P $29
Roosevelt Dime 1973 D $29
Roosevelt Dime 1977 P $29
Roosevelt Dime 1977 D $29
Roosevelt Dime 1970 D $28
Roosevelt Dime 1974 P $28
Roosevelt Dime 1974 D $28
Roosevelt Dime 1975 P $28
Roosevelt Dime 1975 D $28
Roosevelt Dime 1976 P $28
Roosevelt Dime 1976 D $28
Roosevelt Dime 1950 D $25
Roosevelt Dime 1947 S $24
Roosevelt Dime 1973 S $24
Roosevelt Dime 1975 S $24
Roosevelt Dime 1976 S $24
Roosevelt Dime 1977 S $24
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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Are 1949 S Dimes Silver?

Yes! Roosevelt Dime's produced in 1949 are 90% silver to be precise, and contain .0723 troy oz or 2.248 grams in total of .999 pure silver. Silver weight is measured in troy ounces. Troy ounces weigh about 2 grams more than the standard ounce. CoinTrackers has built a tool that will let you know if your coin is silver or not. The tool is called Is My Coin Silver?.

Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:

This coin in poor condition is still worth $4.71 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $2.29, this coin is thus more valuable to a collector than to a silver bug. Coins worth more to a collectors may be a better long term investment. If the metal prices drop you will still have a coin that a numismatic would want to buy.

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Current silver melt value* for a 1977 S Roosevelt Dime is $2.29 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $31.64 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.

***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.