Notes: The proofs from this year (57.5K proofs in total) are worth around $50 each if sold to the right person. FB or Full Bands are what make these Roosevelt Dimes worth more.
In fact Full Bands (FB) or Full Torch (FT) is the gold standard for the 1951 Dime. On the reverse look at the torch and see if it has all of the bands. Having this feature alone will add an additional 15-35% to the value of your coin.
What Are Full Bands on a Dime?
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This section is more for experienced collectors only, and rates refer only to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If you are new to collecting the prices below may not make much sense.
Breakdown of pricing per condition for 1951 Dime as follows.
- Grade MS61 = $4-$6
- Grade MS62 = $6-$10
- Grade MS63 = $11-$19
- Grade MS64 = $19-$31
- Grade MS65 = $38-$63
- Grade MS66 = $23-$38
- Grade MS67 = $150-$250
- Grade PR66 = $45-$75
- Grade PR67 = $75-$125
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How much is a 1951 Dime worth?
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $2.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $16 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 1951, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
What are your coins really worth?
Use the handy-dandy calculator below to find the real value of any roosevelt dime in your collection.
Overall 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 Theodore 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.
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.
What do the initials JS stand for? John Sinnock the Mints Chief Engraver.
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Are 1951 Dimes Silver?
Yes! Roosevelt Dime's produced in 1951 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 $0.34 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $1.66, 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.
Current silver melt value* for a 2016 S Roosevelt Dime is $1.66 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $22.90 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.
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