Are there any rare silver rosies?

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  1. NorCal

    NorCal Member

    hello, my lcs just had somebody bring in $435 face of Roosevelt dimes. I bought $5 worth and found a nice mix of dates with not that many in the 60’s. I believe that these are unsearched. Are there any rare rosies to look for? Or are these only good for stacking silver?
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  3. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Unless it's some sort of ultra high grade PCGS certified Mint State piece, the answer is no. In the circulated grades, there might be tiny premiums for the 1949-PD and S, but it's like few dollars higher on the retail level in Almost Uncircualted condition. There are no winners among the well circulated coins.
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  4. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    The only truly rare Roosevelt dimes are arguably the no-S error pieces from later in the series.
  5. NorCal

    NorCal Member

    That’s what I figured. I could get a 49s. I get a lot of s mint marks since I’m 300 miles north of San Francisco. All these dimes buried the mercs I was getting. I won’t make my coin guy dig for them. Thanks for the replies
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  7. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    When I was a little kid just starting to collect, I think the 1949-S, the 1952-S or 1953-S (don't remember which), and all three 1955 coins were considered "better dates". At this point I think they've sunken back to the level of all the rest, although I'm sure there are conditional rarities.

    If I remember, I'll look in my 1965 and 1975 Red Books and see if I'm remembering correctly.
  8. NorCal

    NorCal Member

    I did get a 47s and 52s in the first roll.
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  9. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Yes, some collectors and dealers made a big deal out of the 1955-S cent and dime because they were the last of their kind, but that has long since passed.
  10. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Not so much, as it turns out.

    The 1965 book (sent to print while silver was still circulating) lists values for Roosies only in Unc and Proof. The prices are surprisingly uneven. Earlier coins are higher, presumably because fewer were left uncirculated. The 1946-P (mintage 255M) is already cheap, at 80 cents. The 1949-P, 1949-S, 1950-S, and 1951-S are all over $10. The 1955 issues are $2.75 (P), $2.00 (D), and $1.90 (S). That puts all the 1955 mints behind 1948-P ($4.75), 1950-P ($3.00), and 1952-S ($4.50).

    By 1971, the book started at F for 1946-1955 coins, with a baseline price of 15 cents. In that grade, the 1949-S was .65, the 50-S was .40, and the 49-P, 51-S, and 55-P were .30. In Unc, only the 1949-S was over $10; the 49-P, 50-S, and 51-S also carried significant premiums in that grade.

    In 1975, the book started at VF; the 1949-S, at $1.25, was the only coin over a dollar in that grade. The 49-P, 49-S, and 50-S were all $10 or more in Unc; the 1955's were $1.50 (P), .85 (D) and .75 (S). (75 cents was the baseline price for any silver Roosie in Unc.)

    In 1982, in the wake of the Hunt Brothers silver run-up, all Roosies were listed at $1.25 in VF20 and $1.50 in EF40. Baseline for uncirculated coins was $2.00; the 49-S was $40, 49-P $20, 50-S $25. The 1955 issues carried almost no premium at that point.
  11. NorCal

    NorCal Member

    Thank you for the research. With my coin shop having 85 rolls of rosies, I’m sure I can put together a set with my son.
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