The 1869 Seated Liberty dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1869 Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Dime
Year: 1869
Face Value: $0.10
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: 0.0723 oz.
Total Weight: 2.49 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $1.57

The US minted the 1869 dime with no mint mark and also the 1869 S dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1869 Philadelphia 256,000
1869 S San Francisco 450,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $1.57 as of May 21, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.75 per ounce.

The 1869 dime with no mint mark is worth around $22 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $85. In extremely fine condition the value is around $150. 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 $1,000.

The 1869 S dime is worth around $18 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $50. In extremely fine condition the value is around $225. In uncirculated condition the price is around $450 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $800.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $600 in PR 63 condition. There were 600 proof coins minted.

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