You could have a dime worth $1.9 million—here’s how to tell

If you saw a grungy dime in the gutter, would you stoop down to pick it up? Do you toss loose change in a jar or the bottom of your purse without giving it a second thought?

You might want to reconsider your treatment of seemingly insignificant coins when you discover what they may actually be worth.

Many rare and valuable coins are in circulation today.

In fact, the rarest, most valuable dimes could net you from $385 to a whopping $1.9 million.

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Charles E. Barber was the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1879 until his death in 1917.


In 1892, he designed and minted a series of dimes known as Barber dimes.

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Two years later, he made a batch of 24 proof dimes as gifts for family and friends.

It is believed that there are just nine of these dimes in existence today, and only two are in circulation. The 1894-S Barber Dime is reportedly worth nearly $2 million in cold, hard cash.


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What To Look For

Think you might have one of these life-changing coins in your possession or want to be ready the next time a cashier hands you your change? The priceless dime will have the following features:

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1. The profile of Liberty wearing a wreath crown on the front encircled by the words “United States of America” with “1894” stamped below the head.

2. A wreath of corn, wheat and leaves on the back encircling the words, “One Dime.”

3. An “S” beneath the bow on the back of the coin.

What Should You Do?

If you should discover an 1894-S Barber Dime or any rare and valuable coin, find a reputable coin dealer to give you an appraisal.


You may wish to receive offers from multiple dealers if you are hoping to sell your coin to ensure you are getting top dollar.

[h/t: Little Things]

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