The standard 1965 dimes are made of a clad composition that contains copper and nickel. The standard dimes are not valuable, however rare silver error coins can be found. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.
Note: None of the 1965 dimes have mint marks.
The standard 1965 clad dimes are very common so they only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition. The value is around $2 for coins in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS 65.
Silver Error Dime
1965 was the year that quarters and dimes changed from being 90% silver to 0% silver. So 1965 was known as a transition year because the mint had to change their operations. Errors get made whenever there is a big change in operating procedure.
In 1965 the mint accidentally created a few 90% silver quarters and dimes. At least one 1965 90% silver dime is known to exist and in 2003 it sold for $8,912.50 at an auction.
It's possible that more 1965 silver error dimes are in existence. But how would you identify one? It's simple. The easiest method is to weigh the coin on a calibrated gram scale. The standard clad dimes weigh 2.268 grams and the 90% silver dimes weigh 2.5 grams. You can also use the eye test. Silver dimes are shinier and they don't have any copper or nickel layers showing on the edge of the coin.
Most of the 1965 dimes you find are common and not worth more than then their face value. However you should still be on the lookout for the 1965 silver dime which can sell for thousands of dollars.