Do You Have A Million Dollar Dime?

On Thursday, January 7, Heritage sold a 1894-S dime for just short of $2 million. How can a 122 year old dime be worth so much?

Rarity, pure and simple. The 1894-S dime is really, really rare.

Barber dimes, the type of dime minted from 1892 to 1916, are not hard to find as a rule; most collectors and even many non-collectors have one or more sitting around somewhere. Over 504 million Barber dimes were minted overall.

Exactly 24 of those Barber dimes are dated 1894-S.

That’s a ratio of about one 1894-S dime for every 21 million Barber dimes minted.dime back

Typical common date Barber dimes might be worth only a couple of bucks, not much more than the silver they contain. But if you have any dime dated 1894, you have a pretty good coin. A little more than 2 million dimes were minted that year overall – roughly 1.3 million in Philadelphia and another 700,000 or so in New Orleans. Plus the aforementioned 24 coins minted in San Francisco. Well-worn examples of the 1894 Philadelphia (no mintmark) might sell for around $20 in Good condition, while similar coins minted in New Orleans (O mintmark) might cost you about twice that. It’s the San Francisco coin (S mintmark) that is the rarity.1984 Barber Dime - face

Of the 24 dimes minted in San Francisco in 1894, nine have been traced. Of these nine, six are in grades of Proof-60 or higher, one is described as an “impaired proof”, and the other two are heavily worn.

What happened to the other fifteen coins? Heritage wants to know! We will pay a $10,000 reward to be the first to examine any previously unreported, genuine examples.

These coins could be anywhere, from a longstanding collection to a dealer’s junk box. They could be in any grade – remember, while most of the known examples have no wear, two of them have seen heavy circulation and thus heavy wear.

But most importantly, they could be in your collection. Check your Barber dimes. If you have a 1894-S, we want to hear from you!

Check out Heritage’s FREE coin price guide for quick answers on what your item could be worth.
By Stewart Huckaby

Posted by Stewart Huckaby

Senior Numismatist

  1. i have one of those dine i want to see what it is worth

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    1. Absolutely! One of our experts would be more than happy to give you a valuation. Please email our Client Services department at bid@ha.com with images along with a description of your coin and one of our experts will get back with you via email with more information, or you can visit https://www.ha.com/common/acquisitions.php?target=auctionevaluation&type=kk-fb-cs-freeeval-070714to submit a free auction valuation online. For assistance please contact 1-866-835-3243. Thank you!

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  2. Thanks for this fantastic post about Heritage sold an 1894-S dime.This coin is antique and shows a complete history on United States America 1894.

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    1. Indeed, this shows the history of the 1894-S dime. Remember to visit our Coins auction homepage for more information about fascinating coins coming up for auction! http://coins.ha.com/?type=surl-coins Thank you!

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  3. I have an 1899 dime and 1912 liberty nickel as well as indian head nickels if interested

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    1. Hi Gary! Thanks for reaching out we offer free auction evaluations via our website at https://www.ha.com/common/acquisitions.php?target=auctionevaluation&type=kk-fb-cs-freeeval-070714 and one of our experts would be happy give you a valuation on your collection. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our client services department at 1-866-832-3243 or email bid@ha.com open Monday- Friday 8AM-6PM Central Time. Thank you!

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  4. i have a 1894s barbar dime in mint for sale do you anyone who want to buy

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    1. Hello Lou,

      Hello if you are interested in learning more about your item please submit a free auction evaluation at: https://www.ha.com/common/acquisitions.php?target=auctionevaluation&type=kk-fb-cs-freeeval-070714 or you can email us to coins@ha.com.

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  5. Don’t know if my previous email went through, so will post again, the following…… We own an 1894@ Barber dime, which has been enclosed in a sealed, clear, plastic case. It says it is “brilliant and uncirculated” on the case. Please get in touch with me at the following email address…… chevybelair7@gmail.com., I would be more than happy to have you take a look at it. I am interested in selling this coin, looking forward to hearing from you.
    I have had this since I was very young, and no one has ever seen or appraised it.
    I am not too familiar with sending pictures on the net, if a regular photo would suffice, let me know, otherwise I’ll try my best to find out how to send one via internet.
    Thank you. Louis Myers

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    1. Hello Louis,

      Hello if you are interested in learning more about your item please submit a free auction evaluation at: https://www.ha.com/common/acquisitions.php?target=auctionevaluation&type=kk-fb-cs-freeeval-070714 or you can email us to coins@ha.com

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  6. Thought I had one of these 1894S Barber dimes, left a posting saying I did. Boy, can you imagine the excitement. Only to, later, take a photograph of it, and, with the picture zoom, I saw, to my dismay, in the left hand corner, on the reverse side, in the leaf area, the word…. COPY. Sorry to have caused any excitement that didn’t pan out. Darn it.

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    1. No problem.

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  7. I have one of the dimes that’s on your web site would like to know what it’s worth

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    1. Hello Latoya Lee,

      If you are interested in learning more about your item please submit a free auction evaluation at: https://www.ha.com/common/acquisitions.php?target=auctionevaluation&type=kk-fb-cs-freeeval-070714 or you can email images to coins@ha.com. We can then have a Specialist contact you.

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