The 1842 Seated Liberty dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1842 Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Dime
Year: 1842
Face Value: $0.10
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .0773 oz.
Total Weight: 2.67 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $1.76

The US minted the 1842 dime with no mint mark and also the 1842 O dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1842 Philadelphia 1,887,500
1842 O New Orleans 2,020,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $1.76 as of December 02, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $22.79 per ounce.

The 1842 dime with no mint mark is worth around $20 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $35. In extremely fine condition the value is around $50. In uncirculated condition the price is around $400 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $650.

The 1842 O dime is worth around $35 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $175. In extremely fine condition the value is around $475. In uncirculated condition the price is around $2,750 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $5,000.

Grading System

Good- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is not readable. The letters and the date are readable.

Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is readable, but certain letters are faint.

Extremely fine- Both the word "LIBERTY" and the edges on the scroll are distint.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

 

Sources:

The Red Book