The 1891 Seated Liberty dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1891 Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Dime
Year: 1891
Face Value: $0.10
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .07234 oz.
Total Weight: 2.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $1.20

The US minted the 1891 dime with no mint mark and also the 1891 O dime and 1891 S dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1891 Philadelphia 15,310,000
1891 O New Orleans 4,540,000
1891 S San Francisco 3,196,116

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth more than its weight in silver. But just for reference, the silver melt value for this coin is $1.20 as of December 07, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.57 per ounce.

The 1891 dime with no mint mark is worth around $15 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $25 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $35. In uncirculated condition the price is around $150 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $250.

The 1891 O dime is worth around $15 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $30 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $50. In uncirculated condition the price is around $175 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $350.

Lastly the 1891 S dime is worth around $15 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $25 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $35. In uncirculated condition the price is around $175 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $300.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are valued at around $600 each in PR 63 condition. There were only 600 proof coins minted but mostly all of them were saved by collectors so the value isn't as high as you might expect.

O Over Horizontal O Error

There is a rare error variety for the 1891 O dime series. This error variety is known as the "O over horizontal O". On these error coins the "O" is stamped over a horizontal "O". It's not clear how many of these error coins were minted, but they are valuable in any condition.

The 1891 O over horizontal O dime is worth around $60 in good condition. In very fine condition the price is around $150. In extremely fine condition the price rises to around $225. Coins in uncirculated condition will be worth at least $3,000.

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.

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:

1892 Dime
1890 Dime
1889 Dime