Dimes are something we don’t give much thought to. Most of us just throw them in a jar with other loose change and forget about them until we cash it all in at the bank. Before tossing them aside, we strongly suggest that you take a long, hard look to see if any of these dimes are worth some serious money.
According to Coin Values, there are some dimes in circulation that are worth almost $2 million. You’ve read it right – $2 million! Although your old coins may be worth millions of dollars, you should keep in mind that their worth is strictly based on their date and quality.
You won’t believe us when we tell you that last year, a infrequent 1894-S Barber dime was sold at an auction in Florida for “just” $1.9 million to an anonymous buyer. This coin is so rare that it is referred to as the “King of Dimes.”
The rare 1894-S Barber dime was named after its creator Charles Barber. This uncommon and valuable coin bears an “S” on its tail side, which signifies that it has been minted in San Francisco. There are numerous stories revolving around this precious coin.
Anyway, this dime is so rare and unique that it can fetch its lucky owner between $1 and $2 million. This is why you should inspect the coins in your coin jar! And if you find a coin that features “Lady Liberty” on its front and an “S” on its tail side, then consider yourself lucky because you may be the owner of a 1894-S Barber dime!
Although the 1894-S Barber dimes are the most valuable dimes, there are also other versions of Barber dimes that were minted after 1894. This means that even if your Barbed dime wasn’t minted in 1894 and it doesn’t have an “S” on its tail, it still has some value. Barber dimes minted after 1894 have a value that ranges anywhere from $500 to $4,000.
The story behind the Barber Dime is fascinating.
John Daggett, superintendent of the San Francisco Mint, had 24 dimes created in 1894 that were special — he gave three each to seven of his friends, and three to his young daughter.
Although John told his daughter to save the coins until she was older, she immediately went out and bought an ice cream with one of the coins.
If you don’t have Barber dimes in your collection at all, don’t panic because there is a plethora of other valuable coins out there. Check out your coin jar for the following coins:
– 1969-S Lincoln penny. The head of this coin looks double struck. Estimated value of this coin is $35,000.
– 2004 Wisconsin quarter. A newer coin with several errors. Worth up to $300.
– 1999 Lincoln penny. Only the 1999 Lincoln pennies with widely separated letters “a” and “m” in America will bring you money. Estimated value of a 1999 Lincoln penny with such a minting error is $600.
Even if you aren’t an avid coin collector, you should still be aware that your sofa cushions and pockets could be the doorkeepers of some amazing things.
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