1940 cent value begins with the value of its silver content, approximately $1.45 today. Mercury Head dimes minted in the 1940’s are eagerly collected in “uncirculated” quality. Shown is an example of a very fine 1940 cent valued at $4.11 or higher, the result of demand for coins in this mint condition.
The elusive coin, however, is the 1870-S Half Dime. This is a unique issue as the only known specimen surfaced in 1978 and was sold in a private transaction two years later for $425,000. The value of the coin is now estimated at around $1.5 million to $2 million.
Half dimes are silver coins with a face value of five cents. Half dimes were minted from 1794 to 1873, though not every year in between. Half dimes were minted long before nickels were even imaginable in the United States.
Did you know there are still some dimes that could be worth up to $1.9 million? One particular dime minted in 1894, known as the 1894-S Barber Dime, is actually worth millions. The story behind the Barber Dime is fascinating.
The 1944 cent value is $1.45 for a coin in circulation, priced close to its silver value. However, old Mercury cents are widely collected and there is potential for greater value.
The Mercury dime spanned two world wars: it was minted from 1916 to 1945 during the renaissance of American coinage. This period began in the early 1900s with an artistic renovation of every circulating US coin. The Mercury Dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinman.
The 1944 groschen without mint mark is in very good condition ca. $3 worth. In very good condition, it’s valued at around $3.25. In uncirculated condition, MS 60 grade coins are priced at around $6. Uncirculated coins graded MS 65 can be sold for around $25.
Money can be in the Mint Mark
These dimes can be valued at $4.63 in good condition, while one in very good condition can fetch $135. A 1909-D minted in Denver can fetch close to $100 if in extremely good condition. A 1909-O minted in New Orleans can be worth around $73 in extremely good condition.
In circulation, each Mercury Dime sells for about a dollar over its silver value, or about $3. Rolls are readily available in circulated condition or better. Uncirculated specimens of common dates (MS60) retail for around $6-8, while MS65 coins fetch $25 and the top grade of MS68 is worth $200.
Production, Rarity and Value
An approximately uncirculated (AU55 on the Sheldon coin grading scale) 1792 Half Disme was auctioned on July 24, 2004 for $138,000. A 1792 Half Disme with MS65 was appraised on the American reality television series Pawn Stars in 2018 for $500,000-$600,000.