- 7:36 ET, Mar 26 2022
- Updated: 7:36 ET, Mar 26 2022
IT can be tough to find a coin featuring 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that could be worth hundreds – let alone thousands.
The first Roosevelt dime was first struck by the US mint in 1946 – replacing the Lady Liberty design.
Originally, the dime was made 90% out of silver and 10% out of copper.
However, the Mint decided to remove the silver.
Since 1965, Roosevelt coins have featured copper-nickel elements.
The composition breakdown of most Roosevelt coins consists of 92% copper and 8% nickel.
Generally, coins get their value off low mintage or unique elements such as an error.
But when it comes to Roosevelt coins, it’s tough to find one with low mintage.
In fact, the lowest mintage issued for circulation is the 1955 dime without a letter mark, with production surpassing more than 12million.
In comparison, the lowest mintage for a piece in the Lincoln series was 484,000.
Luckily, another driving force of determining a coin’s value is grade and condition.
We reveal the most valuable Roosevelt dimes below, which include some in circulation.
Others will include uncirculated grades, meaning they are harder to find because they were not designed for daily use.
1982 Roosevelt dime – $110
One dime in circulation that’s valuable is the 1982 Philadelphia dime without a “P” mark.
During that year, the Philadelphia Mint accidentally produced a small number of dimes without a mintmark.
As a result of an employee failing to add a mintmark to the obverse of the die, roughly 8,000 to 10,000 were found in Sandusky, Ohio.
There were also more dimes without mintmarks found in Pittsburgh and Boston.
If you were to find one of these dimes today, it could be worth nearly $300, according to CoinTrackers.
In a March 2021 auction a 1982 no letter mark Roosevelt dime graded in AU 58 sold for $110.
AU stands for “about uncirculated”.
1972 D Roosevelt dime error – $119
A Roosevelt dime featuring an error sold for a total of $119.26 on eBay after 15 bids.
The dime, which features a “D” (Denver) mark above the 1972 date on the obverse, has a cud error.
This resembles a damaged area or a die break on the coin.
“The vast majority of sizable die breaks are cuds,” as noted by coin glossary website Error-Ref.
“Cuds can assume a wide variety of shapes including ovoid, crescentic, and irregular.”
The seller in the listing of the 1972 Roosevelt dime claims that the coin is “lightly circulated” and believes that the error is listed as “RDC-72D-1”.
However, know that the piece was not graded.
1965 Roosevelt dime – $805
The most valuable coins on this list are the uncirculated Roosevelt pieces.
A coin with the date 1965 described as “MS68 full torch” sold for $805 in a March 2010 auction.
The dime was certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC).
“As the designation suggests, all design elements are bold and sharply detailed,” the description read.
1955 Roosevelt dime – $1,110
The 1955 Roosevelt is the piece that has the lowest mintage in the series.
In average condition, it’s worth $2.12, according to USA Coin Book.
However, if you happen to find one in a high enough grade – there’s a chance the value could be in the thousands.
For example, one 1955 Roosevelt coin without a mintmark graded in MS68 sold for a total of $1,110 in a January 2019 auction.
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