Dimes have been produced by the US Mint for some time now, and all varieties of these ten-cent pieces are of importance to collectors. Today, the coin is popular amongst collectors and is only seeming to grow in popularity. This edition of the Roosevelt Dime is the first year a new design was unveiled; a design that persisted for many years beyond 1946.
Seeing as collectors naturally strive to acquire only coins that are in excellent condition, collecting Roosevelt Dimes becomes difficult. Not only are there 2 to 3 different types of these coins minted every year, they were often circulated heavily and therefore in poor condition.
For collectors, only coins in excellent condition will sell for high prices. This is why when a collector is given the chance to get their hands on a coin like the 1946 Roosevelt Dime, they will most often pay close attention to the condition it is in. Naturally, because of how useful these coins were when they were produced, most have incurred a good bit of damage.
Normally, the process of judging the condition of a coin is known as grading and is done by a professional company. Understanding that not everyone has the time and money to send their coin away for grading, we have provided specifications below that will give you a better idea of what characteristics apply to coins of a specific grade.
Uncirculated: A 1946 Roosevelt Dime that has been graded as being Uncirculated is one that never exchanged hands on the open market. Instead, these coins were almost immediately preserved as soon as they were produced. You will find that even under close inspection these coins show absolutely no signs of wear or damage whatsoever.
Extremely Fine: A coin that is graded to be in this condition is one that spent only a very limited amount of time in circulation. Because of the limited nature of this coin’s time on the open exchange market, the damage incurred is extremely light in nature. Only under close inspection will you be able to see the light scratching on the coin’s faces.
Fine: If a Roosevelt Dime is graded to be Fine, the coin will have had to been circulated for a good bit of time. During this time, the coin will have incurred a good bit of noticeable damage, but not so much damage that the coin’s inscriptions or images have been compromised. All in all, the condition of coins given this grade is average.
Good: A coin that is graded as being Good was heavily circulated and incurred a lot of damage during the process. These coins will be complete with heavy scratching, chipping, and other blemishes. These are the most affordable, but they are not necessarily the most attractive additions to a collection.
When it comes to giving the 1946 an accurate price, there are few factors that you have to take into consideration. For one, because multiple types of Roosevelt Dimes were minted every year, the scarcity associated with the exact type of Dime will be the first thing affecting price. Secondly, it all comes down to condition. Those Dimes that have been well-preserved will almost always carry a larger price tag than those that have been damaged.