- Year: 1996
- Mint Mark: S
- Type: Roosevelt Dime
- Price: 10 cents-$2.00+
- Face Value: 0.10 USD
- Produced: 775,000
- Edge: Reeded
- Silver Content: 90%
- Silver Weight: 0.0723 oz.
- Melt Value: $1.71
Notes: This stats listed above are for the Silver Proofs issued this year. In 1992 the US Mint started minting some S Silver Proofs, prior to that the Mint had not issued silver dimes since 1965. Not all proof dimes after 1992 are silver however.
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How much is a 1996 S 90% Silver Proof Dime worth?
This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 10 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $2 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 1996, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
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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 1996 S 90% Silver Proof Dimes Silver?
Yes! Roosevelt Dime's produced in 1996 are 90% silver to be precise, and contain 0.0723 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?.
Coinage issued in 1996 will only contain silver if minted as a silver proof. Is your coin a silver proof or just a proof? Do they weigh more than other identical coins from the same year? If so they are likely 90% silver. 90% silver coins are much denser than the modern 90% copper 10% nickel blend the mint uses today.
Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:
This coin in poor condition is worth $1.61 less than the intrinsic value from silver content of $1.71, this coin is thus more valuable to a silver bug than to a coin collector. You will most likely find however that it is hard to get a coin for less than spot price. At least that has been our experience. Want more info? Then read Coin Collecting Investment an article that details the benifits of coin collecting as a way to build wealth..
Current silver melt value* for a 2008 S Roosevelt Dime is $1.71 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $23.65 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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