Mercury Head Dime Value Trends

This is the entry page for Mercury Head Dimes historic value trends. Retail level Mercury Dime prices from 1950 to the present are reported for individual coins of this series. The data is organized in tabular format. There is one table for each dime.

You may use the links directly below to quickly navigate to the value table of interest to you. There is one table for each and every date. Naturally, the 1916-D Mercury Head Dime generates the most traffic, for it is the key date of the entire group.

To learn more about the origin of this popular collector dime, we refer you to a brief description of Mercury Dimes.

If you want to review trends of another US coin type, then you may return to the Coin Value Tables online report listing, or click the "Get Historic US Coin Values" in the upper right hand corner of this page.


MERCURY DIMES
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1916 1916-D 1916-S 1917
1917-D 1917-S 1918 1918-D
1918-S 1919-1925 1926-1929 1930-1936
1937-1941 1942-1945

See important note below for explanation of grading standards.




Uncirculated Mercury Dime
Coin Photos courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA




1916
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 22,180,080 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.20 0.25 0.50 0.55 0.65 0.85 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 0.30 0.50 0.55 0.65 0.80 1.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 0.30 0.50 0.70 1.25 1.75 2.75 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.50 2.50 7.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 0.50 1.00 1.35 2.50 4.00 10.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 0.70 1.25 1.75 5.00 10.00 30.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.00 3.25 4.50 7.50 15.00 25.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 2.00 3.25 6.00 10.00 15.00 32.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 2.25 4.00 6.25 9.25 13.75 20.00 35.00 150 200 --- ---
1995 2.50 4.50 6.00 9.00 17.50 25.00 42.50 90.00 115 --- ---
2000 3.25 5.25 6.00 9.25 19.00 25.00 40.00 90.00 125 --- 375
2002 4.00 5.25 6.00 9.25 20.00 27.50 40.00 90.00 125 --- 950
2005 5.00 7.00 8.00 10.00 22.50 34.00 47.50 100 150 675 1050
2007 5.00 7.00 8.00 12.50 27.50 35.00 50.00 100 150 675 1000
2009 6.00 7.50 9.00 15.00 27.50 35.00 50.00 100 175 675 1000
2011 6.00 7.50 9.00 15.00 27.50 35.00 50.00 100 175 675 925
2013 6.00 7.50 9.00 16.00 27.50 30.00 44.50 100 170 675 925
2015 5.00 7.50 9.00 16.00 27.50 30.00 44.50 100 145 700 1350
2017 5.00 5.75 6.25 12.75 20.00 33.00 44.50 100 170 750 1150
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 4.92 4.79 3.84 4.80 5.25 5.61 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 1.39 1.55 0.89 1.44 0.78 0.75 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 3.20 1.12 0.19 1.60 0.61 1.27 0.21 0.48 1.79 --- ---
2009 -2.25 -3.27 -4.46 -2.01 -3.90 -0.73 -1.45 0.00 -0.36 1.33 1.76

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1916-D
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 264,000 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 6.50 15.00 25.00 50.00 70.00 100 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 25.00 45.00 60.00 80.00 100 150 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 50.00 100 125 210 250 350 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 130 200 225 450 525 750 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 125 185 310 500 550 675 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 125 225 275 375 425 550 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 400 550 725 1000 1250 2000 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 425 775 1100 1575 1750 2300 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 500 850 1500 2000 3000 3750 5000 9300 17500 --- ---
1995 600 1200 1600 2500 3750 4300 5000 11000 15000 --- ---
2000 750 1250 1500 2500 4000 4750 5500 16000 35000 --- 75000
2002 750 1250 1500 2500 4000 4750 5500 16000 40000 --- 110000
2005 1250 2000 3000 4000 5750 8000 12500 25000 50000 --- 145000
2007 1750 3000 4500 6250 10000 15000 17500 30000 60000 45000 150000
2009 1750 3000 4500 6250 10000 15000 17500 30000 60000 45000 150000
2011 1650 2500 4000 5775 8000 12750 15500 30000 54500 45000 175000
2013 1450 2500 4000 5300 9000 12750 15500 30000 49000 45000 180000
2015 1450 2500 4000 5300 9000 12750 15500 27500 45750 45000 165000
2017 1400 2500 4000 5675 9000 11750 15500 25000 43500 45000 140000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 8.35 7.93 7.87 7.32 7.52 7.37 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.44 4.18 4.72 4.80 5.48 4.90 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 3.93 3.39 4.25 3.80 4.06 4.68 5.28 3.80 4.96 --- ---
2009 -2.75 -2.25 -1.46 -1.20 -1.31 -3.01 -1.51 -2.25 -3.94 0.00 -0.86

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1916-S
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 10,450,000 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.30 0.50 0.75 1.25 1.50 1.75 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 0.45 0.75 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 0.50 1.00 1.50 3.00 4.50 7.25 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 1.00 1.50 2.25 5.00 7.50 13.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 2.00 3.65 4.75 7.50 10.00 20.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 2.00 4.00 6.00 9.00 12.50 30.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.00 4.75 6.50 13.00 17.50 35.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 3.75 6.00 7.50 13.00 20.00 45.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 4.00 5.25 9.25 15.00 20.00 32.50 67.50 225 700 --- ---
1995 4.00 6.00 9.00 15.00 20.00 35.00 60.00 350 600 --- ---
2000 4.00 6.50 8.00 15.00 20.00 35.00 60.00 225 600 --- ---
2002 4.00 6.50 8.00 15.00 20.00 35.00 60.00 225 600 2000 10000
2005 5.00 10.00 12.50 20.00 25.00 40.00 60.00 250 725 1400 14000
2007 6.00 12.50 15.00 27.50 30.00 40.00 60.00 250 725 1350 12250
2009 6.00 12.50 15.00 27.50 30.00 40.00 60.00 250 850 1250 9500
2011 6.00 12.50 15.00 27.50 30.00 40.00 60.00 225 700 1200 6500
2013 6.00 12.50 15.00 25.50 30.00 40.00 60.00 225 750 1200 5850
2015 5.15 12.50 15.00 25.50 30.00 40.00 65.00 200 700 1400 6000
2017 5.15 10.50 15.00 24.50 30.00 35.00 60.00 175 775 1400 5250
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 4.33 4.65 4.57 4.54 4.57 4.57 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 1.47 2.17 2.29 1.73 1.47 0.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 1.16 2.58 2.35 2.26 1.86 0.00 0.00 -3.10 1.17 --- ---
2009 -1.89 -2.16 0.00 -1.43 0.00 -1.66 0.00 -4.36 -1.15 1.43 -7.15

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1917
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 55,230,000 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.20 0.35 0.60 0.75 1.00 1.75 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 0.35 0.60 0.70 0.85 1.25 2.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 0.40 0.75 1.00 1.75 2.25 4.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 0.55 0.75 1.00 1.75 2.75 8.25 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 0.35 0.65 1.00 2.25 3.50 9.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 0.65 0.75 1.25 3.50 5.00 20.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.00 3.25 3.50 4.50 7.50 27.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 1.50 2.25 4.50 6.50 7.75 27.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 1.75 2.25 4.75 6.25 11.00 17.50 35.00 150 525 --- ---
1995 1.75 2.25 4.75 6.00 12.50 22.50 55.00 150 275 --- ---
2000 1.75 2.50 4.50 6.00 12.50 22.50 57.50 150 400 --- 1100
2002 1.75 2.50 4.50 7.50 12.50 22.50 55.00 150 400 --- 2000
2005 2.50 3.00 6.00 10.00 15.00 30.00 60.00 175 500 --- 4200
2007 2.50 3.00 6.00 10.00 15.00 30.00 60.00 175 500 --- 3750
2009 4.00 5.00 7.50 10.00 15.00 30.00 60.00 175 500 --- 3750
2011 4.00 5.00 7.50 10.00 15.00 30.00 60.00 175 400 775 4250
2013 4.00 5.00 7.50 10.00 15.00 25.00 55.00 175 500 775 4425
2015 2.50 5.00 7.50 10.00 15.00 25.00 40.00 150 325 775 4000
2017 2.50 4.00 5.65 9.00 13.00 25.00 40.00 150 425 775 3150
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 3.84 3.70 3.40 3.78 3.90 4.05 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 -0.49 0.56 1.30 1.89 1.50 -0.26 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 1.63 2.65 0.79 1.86 0.18 0.48 -1.44 0.00 2.00 --- ---
2009 -5.71 -2.75 -3.48 -1.31 -1.77 -2.25 -4.94 -1.91 -2.01 --- -2.16

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1917-D
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 9,402,000 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.50 1.00 2.75 5.00 6.00 8.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 1.50 3.50 5.50 10.00 12.50 20.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 2.50 5.00 8.00 15.00 20.00 35.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 2.00 4.25 8.00 16.50 25.00 62.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 2.25 4.75 8.75 20.00 30.00 62.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 3.00 5.00 9.00 22.50 34.00 75.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 4.00 6.75 12.00 25.00 40.00 150 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 3.50 6.50 12.00 30.00 35.00 100 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 3.50 7.00 14.00 35.00 60.00 125 275 900 5750 --- ---
1995 4.50 9.00 17.50 37.50 65.00 125 325 1750 6500 --- ---
2000 5.00 10.00 17.50 37.50 75.00 125 350 1400 6000 --- ---
2002 5.00 10.00 17.50 37.50 80.00 125 350 1350 6000 3000 ---
2005 6.00 12.50 25.00 50.00 100 140 350 1500 6500 3500 ---
2007 6.00 12.50 25.00 50.00 100 150 350 1500 6500 4250 ---
2009 7.50 15.00 30.00 60.00 110 150 350 1500 6500 4500 ---
2011 7.50 15.00 30.00 60.00 110 150 350 1100 5500 4500 ---
2013 7.50 15.00 30.00 60.00 110 150 300 1100 5100 4500 ---
2015 7.50 15.00 30.00 60.00 110 150 300 1050 5000 4500 ---
2017 7.50 12.00 25.00 45.00 100 125 300 950 5750 4550 ---
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 4.12 3.78 3.35 3.33 4.29 4.09 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 1.71 1.57 2.00 1.60 2.51 -0.49 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 2.35 1.32 1.63 0.83 1.98 0.00 -0.36 -2.74 -0.56 --- ---
2009 0.00 -2.75 -2.25 -3.53 -1.18 -2.25 -1.91 -5.55 -1.52 0.14 ---

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1917-S
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 27,330,000 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.30 0.50 0.75 1.50 2.00 2.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1950 0.30 0.50 0.75 1.50 2.00 2.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 0.55 0.75 1.50 3.00 2.75 5.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 0.75 2.00 3.00 4.00 6.00 12.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 1.00 1.50 2.75 5.50 10.00 22.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 0.60 1.35 2.75 5.00 11.00 25.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 0.65 1.50 3.00 7.00 15.00 35.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.00 3.25 4.50 7.50 22.50 70.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 1.75 2.50 6.00 9.00 20.00 50.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 2.25 3.25 5.75 8.25 17.50 32.50 90.00 1000 1750 --- ---
1995 2.00 3.00 5.00 9.00 27.50 50.00 175 400 1500 --- ---
2000 2.25 3.25 5.00 10.00 25.00 52.50 150 475 1100 --- ---
2002 2.25 3.25 5.00 10.00 25.00 55.00 150 475 1100 --- 6000
2005 2.50 4.00 7.50 12.50 30.00 65.00 200 500 1250 2500 7250
2007 2.50 4.00 7.50 12.50 30.00 65.00 200 500 1250 3500 8500
2009 4.00 5.00 8.50 15.00 35.00 65.00 200 500 1500 3500 8250
2011 4.00 5.00 8.50 15.00 35.00 65.00 200 450 1400 3500 9500
2013 4.00 5.00 8.50 15.00 35.00 65.00 200 450 1075 3500 9200
2015 4.00 5.00 8.50 15.00 35.00 60.00 175 425 1025 4000 9200
2017 4.00 5.00 8.50 15.00 35.00 60.00 175 390 1075 3400 9500
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 3.94 3.50 3.69 3.50 4.36 4.86 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 0.78 1.17 1.73 1.89 1.20 -0.42 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 3.20 2.35 2.44 2.35 1.10 0.83 0.00 -0.12 -1.50 --- ---
2009 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -1.00 -1.66 -3.06 -4.08 -0.36 1.78

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1918
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 26,660,000 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.20 0.35 0.75 2.25 3.00 6.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 0.45 0.75 1.25 3.50 5.00 12.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 0.50 1.00 2.25 5.00 7.50 20.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 1.00 1.50 4.00 6.50 10.00 27.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 0.65 1.65 3.75 7.50 10.00 27.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 0.80 2.00 4.00 15.00 12.50 40.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.00 3.25 8.00 20.00 30.00 70.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 3.00 4.00 9.50 22.50 25.00 60.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 1.75 4.00 9.25 22.50 37.50 47.50 100 825 900 --- ---
1995 2.00 6.00 10.00 22.50 37.50 65.00 100 350 650 --- ---
2000 2.25 5.25 10.00 25.00 37.50 70.00 100 350 1100 --- ---
2002 2.50 5.25 10.00 25.00 37.50 70.00 100 350 1100 --- ---
2005 3.50 6.00 12.50 30.00 50.00 70.00 100 425 1250 --- 20000
2007 3.50 6.00 12.50 30.00 50.00 75.00 100 425 1250 --- 15000
2009 5.00 7.50 15.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 100 425 1500 --- 17500
2011 5.00 7.50 15.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 100 425 1500 --- 11500
2013 5.00 7.50 15.00 40.00 50.00 70.00 100 425 1500 --- 11350
2015 5.00 7.50 15.00 40.00 50.00 70.00 100 400 1175 --- 11250
2017 4.50 6.10 14.00 32.00 50.00 70.00 100 300 1175 --- 11250
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 4.76 4.36 4.47 4.04 4.29 3.61 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 1.10 1.72 1.52 1.28 1.39 0.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 3.75 0.08 1.54 1.61 1.32 0.34 0.00 -0.70 2.73 --- ---
2009 -1.31 -2.55 -0.86 -2.75 0.00 -0.86 0.00 -4.26 -3.01 --- -5.37

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1918-D
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 22,674,800 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.30 0.50 1.00 2.50 4.00 7.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 1.00 2.00 2.50 4.00 6.75 16.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 1.10 3.00 7.00 10.00 13.25 27.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 1.60 2.50 7.50 10.00 20.00 42.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 0.70 2.50 4.50 14.00 20.00 40.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 0.75 3.00 5.50 15.00 25.00 50.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.00 3.25 7.50 20.00 40.00 135 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 3.00 3.50 7.50 17.50 30.00 75.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 2.75 3.50 8.25 20.00 40.00 52.50 175 1150 12500 --- ---
1995 2.25 4.25 9.00 17.50 40.00 100 300 1000 12500 --- ---
2000 2.50 4.25 10.00 17.50 40.00 100 225 725 25000 --- ---
2002 2.75 4.25 10.00 20.00 40.00 100 225 750 42500 2900 ---
2005 3.50 5.00 12.50 25.00 50.00 125 250 750 42500 2900 ---
2007 3.50 5.00 12.50 30.00 57.50 125 250 750 45000 2900 ---
2009 5.00 7.50 15.00 35.00 60.00 125 250 750 45000 2900 ---
2011 5.00 7.50 15.00 35.00 60.00 125 250 700 30500 2900 ---
2013 5.00 7.50 15.00 35.00 60.00 125 250 700 25500 2900 ---
2015 4.00 7.50 15.00 30.00 60.00 125 260 800 25500 3250 ---
2017 4.00 8.55 15.00 30.00 60.00 115 250 900 19750 3250 180000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 3.94 4.33 4.12 3.78 4.12 4.16 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 0.78 2.65 1.89 1.10 1.10 -0.43 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 2.65 3.23 2.35 2.48 1.86 0.64 -0.83 -0.48 2.10 --- ---
2009 -2.75 1.65 0.00 -1.91 0.00 -1.04 0.00 2.31 -9.78 1.43 ---

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1918-S
Mercury Dimes
Mintage: 19,300,000 Historical Value Trends
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 0.30 0.50 0.90 2.00 2.75 5.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1955 1.00 1.75 2.25 3.50 4.00 12.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1960 1.25 3.00 6.00 9.00 12.00 20.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1965 1.15 2.25 5.00 9.00 17.50 32.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1970 0.90 2.00 3.50 12.00 17.50 32.50 --- --- --- --- ---
1975 0.75 2.50 5.00 15.00 22.50 50.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 3.00 3.25 6.50 17.50 40.00 135 --- --- --- --- ---
1985 2.00 2.50 5.50 11.50 20.00 40.00 --- --- --- --- ---
1990 2.00 3.25 6.00 13.00 22.50 45.00 150 1675 6500 --- ---
1995 2.25 4.50 6.50 12.50 30.00 72.50 225 950 6000 --- ---
2000 2.25 4.00 7.25 12.50 30.00 75.00 250 600 7000 2350 ---
2002 2.25 4.00 7.25 15.00 30.00 75.00 250 600 7000 --- 72500
2005 3.50 5.00 10.00 20.00 40.00 100 250 750 7000 4500 70000
2007 3.50 5.00 10.00 22.50 45.00 100 250 750 7000 4500 80000
2009 5.00 7.50 12.50 27.50 50.00 100 250 750 8500 4500 80000
2011 5.00 7.50 12.50 27.50 50.00 100 250 705 7000 4500 85000
2013 5.00 7.50 12.50 27.50 50.00 100 260 705 6000 3600 85000
2015 4.00 7.50 12.50 27.50 50.00 100 250 705 5250 3600 85000
2017 4.00 5.90 10.50 21.50 50.00 110 250 750 6000 3675 85000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2017
Year VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-65 FSB MS-67 MS-67 FSB
1950 3.94 3.75 3.73 3.61 4.42 4.72 --- --- --- --- ---
1980 0.78 1.62 1.30 0.56 0.60 -0.55 --- --- --- --- ---
1995 2.65 1.24 2.20 2.50 2.35 1.91 0.48 -1.07 0.00 --- ---
2009 -2.75 -2.95 -2.16 -3.03 0.00 1.20 0.00 0.00 -4.26 -2.50 0.76

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In the 1950s, grading practices were radically different from what we have today. A coin's condition was described using simple adjectives such as "Very Good" or "Uncirculated". Accordingly, numismatic references of those times conformed to the same set of adjectives to approximate retail coin values. Varying distinctions of Uncirculated (today's equivalent of MS-60, MS-61, etc) and Proof were recognized in some advertisements and auction bills by employing modifying descriptors such as "Brilliant Uncirculated" or "Choice Proof", for example. However, with no clear point of reference or consistency on how the modifying descriptors were invoked, most publishers resorted to listing values for only one "Uncirculated" grade and one "Proof" grade.

The 70-point numeric system (G-4, VG-8, etc.) in widespread use today was popularized by the American Numismatic Association in the late 1970s, an era when coin values were escalating dramatically, most notably for high quality specimens. Vague descriptors such as "Choice" and "Brilliant" were replaced by the more precise numerically determined grades. Thus, finely differentiated grades like MS-60, MS-63, and MS-65 became commonplace, and by the late 1980s, the practice of assigning a numerical grade to indicate quality was universal (this does not imply the 70-point system eliminated grading inconsistencies, but it did help to stabilize the coin collecting hobby).

In February 1986, the ANA changed its grading interpretations to match the tightening standards demanded by the marketplace. This meant that many coins correctly graded as MS-65 in the early 1980s became MS-63 or less, so as to be consistent with the newly revised interpretation. Conversely, a coin graded after 1986 as MS-63 was about equal in quality to an MS-65 before 1986. Thus, the Mint State prices published in numismatic periodicals prior to 1986 are not directly comparable to those published later. The Coin Value Tables of this website relied heavily on periodicals from before 1986, but we did not attempt to compensate for the revised grading standards of 1986; we reported what we found. One must take this into account when studying trends for an MS-65 coin from, say, 1980 to the present. On the other hand, because of the dearth of Mint State price estimates published prior to 1986, more than 98% of the Coin Value Table data is not affected by anything mentioned in this paragraph!

Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, more grading subtleties were introduced within the framework of the grading system, including the degree of separation of the horizontal fasces bands on the reverse of mint state Mercury Head dimes. Dimes with rounded, full split bands (abbreviated FSB) are much rarer than dimes with blended, flattened bands, and are more highly prized by discerning collectors/investors, and generally carry substantial premiums.

The Coin Value Tables™ trend data for Mercury Head dimes reflect the historic availability of numeric grades and the split band definition to describe coins. For the 1950-1985 rows, the values in the "G-4" column correspond to the "Good" listing of those years, "VG-8" corresponds to "Very Good", and so on. The "MS-60" column records the "Uncirculated" value reported during those same decades. Similarly, "PF-65" corresponds to simple "Proof" figures. Starting in the 1990 row, selected "Uncirculated" grades are broken down into regular and "FSB" columns.

Curiously, had a collector paid the "going price" in the 1980s (or earlier) for what was then a mint state Mercury Head dime, one that eventually earned an FSB distinction, he (or she) would have been rewarded with huge price advancements as the split band phenomenon came into full vogue a few years later.

For those interested, we have a coin grading section with more details on the evolution of grading coins.



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