Posted on: October 13, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Last updated: December 18, 2020 at 12:55 pm

What do you do when you pay for something in cash and then receive loose change back? Toss in the center console of your car? Drop it in the donation or tip jar at the checkout? Lose it almost immediately? From now on, you may want to look a little harder. There are currently dimes in circulation that can earn you almost two million dollars. Here’s how to spot one of these million dollar dimes.

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How to Spot a Million Dollar Dime

According to Coin Values, there are some dimes in circulation in the United States that could be worth up to $1.9 million. This dime is the 1894-S Barber Dime, of which there are nine in existence and two still in circulation. (1)

The 1894-S Barber Million Dollar Dime

San Francisco mint superintendent John Daggett had 24 dimes created in 1894 to give as gifts for friends. Three of those dimes he gave to his young daughter, instructing her to save them. Of course, as many children would, she instead went out and immediately spent one on a dish of ice cream. (1)

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There are other Barber dimes as well that range in worth from $26 to $600. (1)

Other Valuable Dimes

Though the 1894-S Barber Dime is the most valuable in the United States, there are other dimes that are worth a pretty penny as well. (2) These include (2):

  1. 1829 curl base “2” Liberty Cap Dime: $7,750
  2. 1968-S, no-S proof Roosevelt Dime: $7,500
  3. 1874-CC Liberty Seated Dime: $5,000
  4. 1797 Draped Bust Dime: $3,000 
  5. 1796 Draped Bust Dime: $2,850
  6. 1804 Draped Bust Dime: $2,650
  7. 1798/97 Draped Bust Dime with 13 stars: $2,150
  8. 1871-CC Liberty Seated Dime: $2,000
  9. 1802 Draped Bust Dime: $1,750
  10. 1873-CC Liberty Seated Dime: $1,350
  11. 1970-S, no-S proof Roosevelt Dime: $1,300
  12. 1822 Liberty Cap Dime: $1,000
  13. 1798 small 8: $975
  14. 1916-D Mercury Dime: $785
  15. 1798/97 16 stars: $775
  16. 1801 Draped Bust Dime: $750
  17. 1798 large 8: $725
  18. 1800 Draped Bust Dime: $700
  19. 1803 Draped Bust Dime: $675
  20. 1872-CC Liberty Seated Dime: $650
  21. 1805 Draped Bust Dime: $625
  22. 1807 Draped Bust Dime: $575
  23. 1885-S Liberty Seated Dime: $475
  24. 1895-O Barber Dime: $385

What to do if you Find a Million Dollar Dime or Coin

If you think you have one of the million dollar dimes or any other coin that might be worth much more than the number on its face, you will want to take it to an appraiser. They can tell you how much the dime is worth, but also how about its history and creation. (1) Finders beware, however: If you do happen upon a coin that’s worth a lot of money, the IRS will tax you on it.

Time to bust open that loose change jar and see if you’ve got a million dollar dime inside, or at the very least maybe it will be worth it to start paying for more items in cash.

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Julie Hambleton
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Julie Hambleton is a fitness and nutrition expert and co-founder of The Taste Archives along with her twin sister Brittany Hambleton.