Liberty Seated Dimes (1837-1891)

Image Courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Image Courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

The Liberty Seated Dime was produced by the U.S. Mint for over half a decade. These dimes were produced at several of the mint’s branches, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans and Carson City.

The coin’s obverse features the image of Liberty seated on a rock. Liberty is holding a shield with one hand while the other hand is holding a pole with a freedom cap on top. The coin’s reverse features a simple wreath of laurel. The coin has undergone several design alterations throughout the series.

Liberty Seated Dimes-What Dealers Pay

The value of a Seated Dime can vary based on the coin’s mint year and edition as well as its physical condition. A Legend Obverse edition in good condition may be purchased by dealers or collectors for about $10. A No Stars Obverse type in uncirculated condition, however, may be purchased by dealers and collectors for about $741. If you have a Seated Dime that is from an edition considered rare or if you have a Seated Dime that seems to be in great physical condition, you may want to consider having your coin graded by a professional coin grading service such as PCGS or NGC.

By having your coin graded by professional numismatists, you can rest assured of its metal content and authenticity. The coin grading process is quite thorough, and the grading team will account for even the most minor of imperfections in your coin. This way, you may have a very accurate idea as to what coin collectors and dealers might be willing to pay for your coin.

Liberty Seated Dime Value is Conditional

You can take a close look at your Seated Dime to try to gauge what type of condition your coin is in. Coins have many details, and they should all be thoroughly examined. Start with one as a point of reference. For example, you can start by taking a close look at the coin’s inscriptions. If the inscriptions are worn down, eroded or hard to read, then your coin may only be in good condition. If the inscriptions are readable but show signs of erosion or discoloration, then your coin may be considered to be in fine condition.

If the inscriptions are robust, with no visible signs of age-related wear and tear, then the coin could potentially be in extremely fine condition. To be assigned a grade of extremely fine, however, the coin’s details must all be in good condition so you will need to closely examine your coin’s every detail. This is time well-spent because the higher the grade and better condition the coin is in, the more potential value it may have.

Mintmarks May Be the Key to Value

Seated Dimes can have a wide range of values, and these values can be significantly affected by the coin’s mintmark. Mintmarks may be found within the wreath on the coin’s reverse if dated from 1837-1860. Dimes that were minted from 1860-1891 contain a mintmark just below the wreath. Mintmarks along with condition are two of the biggest factors considered by dealers and collectors. An 1888-S in good condition may be valued around $11 while the same coin in extremely fine condition may now be valued around $34.

Future Liberty Seated Dime Values

The Seated Dime series is considered a classic, and as such will likely always be in demand. While higher grade Seated Dimes can potentially command some significant value, even coins in lower grades are collectable and are affordable for even small collectors.

Liberty Seated Dimes

DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1837 Liberty Seated Dime (Large Date) $45 $100 $500 $700
1837 Liberty Seated Dime (Small Date) $50 $120 $525 $725
1838 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $60 $140 $750 $1,200
1838 Liberty Seated Dime (Small Stars) $30 $55 $175 $400
1838 Liberty Seated Dime (Large Stars) $25 $30 $120 $250
1838 Liberty Seated Dime (Partial Drapery) $30 $60 $200 $500
1839 Liberty Seated Dime (No Drapery) $20 $30 $135 $250
1839 Liberty Seated Dime (No Drapery) (O) $25 $40 $135 $275
1840 Liberty Seated Dime (No Drapery) (O) $25 $40 $230 $800
1840 Liberty Seated Dime (Drapery) $35 $90 $300 $450
1841 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $60 $140
1841 Liberty Seated Dime (No Drapery) $20 $30 $60 $140
1841 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $35 $85 $225
1842 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $50 $125
1842 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $35 $265 $1,300
1843 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $50 $125
1844 Liberty Seated Dime $200 $450 $1,200 $1,800
1845 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $50 $125
1845 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $75 $550 $1,200
1846 Liberty Seated Dime $200 $475 $2,400 $8,500
1847 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $40 $125 $350
1848 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $32 $85 $150
1849 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $60 $125
1849 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $50 $300 $750
1850 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $60 $125
1850 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $40 $175 $375
1851 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $60 $125
1851 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $40 $175 $450
1852 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $30 $60 $125
1852 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $30 $50 $250 $350
1853 Liberty Seated Dime (No Arrows) $100 $275 $625 $725
1853 Liberty Seated Dime (Arrows) $20 $25 $50 $175
1853 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $50 $275 $500
1854 Liberty Seated Dime $25 $25 $50 $175
1854 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $25 $85 $200
1855 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $25 $60 $185
1856 Liberty Seated Dime (Large Date) $18 $22 $60 $160
1856 Liberty Seated Dime (Small Date) $16 $20 $50 $130
1856 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $18 $25 $65 $250
1856 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $120 $375 $1,250 $1,700
1857 Liberty Seated Dime $16 $20 $50 $130
1857 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $18 $25 $70 $200
1858 Liberty Seated Dime $16 $20 $50 $130
1858 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $25 $40 $135 $300
1858 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $100 $225 $900 $1,600
1859 Liberty Seated Dime $20 $22 $60 $140
1859 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $20 $25 $95 $275
1859 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $100 $300 $1,500 $4,000
1860 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $35 $60 $400 $950
1860 Liberty Seated Dime $16 $20 $40 $100
1860 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $325 $850 $4,000 $8,000
1861 Liberty Seated Dime $16 $22 $40 $100
1861 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $40 $110 $450 $1,000
1862 Liberty Seated Dime $16 $25 $40 $100
1862 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $45 $90 $675 $900
1863 Liberty Seated Dime $310 $600 $900 $1,100
1863 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $40 $60 $350 $700
1864 Liberty Seated Dime $225 $425 $875 $1,100
1864 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $55 $120 $375 $600
1865 Liberty Seated Dime $250 $550 $800 $950
1865 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $65 $275 $750 $2,200
1866 Liberty Seated Dime $450 $1,200 $2,000 $2,100
1866 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $40 $75 $350 $600
1867 Liberty Seated Dime $400 $750 $1,100 $1,300
1867 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $32 $100 $425 $700
1868 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $20 $35 $125 $225
1869 Liberty Seated Dime $18 $30 $100 $200
1869 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $18 $25 $150 $250
1870 Liberty Seated Dime $16 $25 $50 $100
1870 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $250 $400 $600 $850
1871 Liberty Seated Dime $16 $25 $50 $150
1871 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $2,500 $5,200 $12,500 $25,000
1871 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $25 $80 $225 $300
1872 Liberty Seated Dime $18 $25 $40 $90
1872 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $500 $2,000 $10,000 $18,500
1872 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $25 $85 $225 $400
1873 Liberty Seated Dime (Close 3) $16 $22 $40 $90
1873 Liberty Seated Dime (Open 3) $20 $50 $130 $200
1873 Liberty Seated Dime $18 $26 $150 $300
1873 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $2,700 $5,000 $17,000 $40,000
1873 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $22 $35 $175 $450
1874 Liberty Seated Dime $18 $25 $150 $310
1874 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $4,500 $12,500 $28,000 $48,000
1874 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $25 $65 $225 $500
1875 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1875 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $28 $35 $70 $150
1875 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $15 $20 $35 $85
1876 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1876 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $27 $32 $65 $100
1876 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $15 $20 $35 $80
1877 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1877 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $27 $32 $65 $100
1877 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $15 $20 $35 $80
1878 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1878 Liberty Seated Dime (CC) $150 $250 $420 $625
1879 Liberty Seated Dime $200 $325 $500 $550
1880 Liberty Seated Dime $150 $250 $420 $625
1881 Liberty Seated Dime $160 $260 $425 $525
1882 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1883 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1884 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1884 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $20 $32 $100 $300
1885 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1885 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $400 $800 $2,200 $4,000
1886 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1886 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $30 $50 $135 $200
1887 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1887 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $15 $20 $35 $80
1888 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1888 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $15 $20 $35 $100
1889 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1889 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $20 $30 $80 $150
1890 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1890 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $18 $25 $85 $150
1891 Liberty Seated Dime $15 $20 $35 $80
1891 Liberty Seated Dime (O) $15 $20 $50 $100
1891 Liberty Seated Dime (S) $15 $20 $35 $80
Source: Red Book