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What is the value of a 1917 mercury dime?

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March 31, 2013 12:15AM

1917 Mercury dimes are 90% silver. In average condition their retail value is about 0.07 X the current price of silver; a metal dealer will pay less.

Look on the back of the coin to see if there's a small mint mark letter next to the E in ONE. It may be blank or there may be a D or S. (The W on the front of the coin is the designer's monogram and not a mint mark.)

Numismedia lists the following approximate retail values as of 03/2013:

No mint mark (Philadelphia):
Very worn condition - $4
Moderately worn - $5
Slightly worn - $5
Almost no wear - $15
Uncirculated - $30 to $780 depending on quality

"D" mint mark (Denver):
Very worn - $4
Moderately worn - $10
Slightly worn - $22
Almost no wear - $95
Uncirculated - $156 to $4,230

"S" mint mark (San Francisco):
Very worn - $4
Moderately worn - $5
Slightly worn - $5
Almost no wear - $35
Uncirculated - $78 to $830

DISCLAIMER: The retail values quoted are the best available as of the date shown, but may vary significantly due to changes in the precious metals market. Also the wholesale (buying) price of a coin will be less than the selling (retail) price. A reputable coin dealer will be able to give a more accurate valuation based on inspection of the coin.