The 1857 Seated Liberty dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1857 Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Dime
Year: 1857
Face Value: $0.10
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .0723 oz.
Total Weight: 2.49 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $2.23

The US minted the 1857 dime with no mint mark and also the 1857 O dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1857 Philadelphia 5,580,000
1857 O New Orleans 1,540,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $2.23. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $30.82 per ounce.

The 1857 dime with no mint mark is worth around $17 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $30 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $55. In uncirculated condition the price is around $300 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $550.

The 1857 O dime is worth around $20 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $40 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $75. In uncirculated condition the price is around $425 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $750.

A small number of proof coins with no mint mark were minted and they are each valued at around $3,000 in PR 63 condition.

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.

PR 63 proof- This coin has reflective surfaces and only a few blemishes away from the major focal points. There are no major flaws.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1856 Dime