Jack H. writes: I have a dime dated 1866, appears to be silver, seems to fit description of flowing hair half dime. But according to everything I have found flowing hair dimes were earlier up to 1795. This one has the head of the liberty with crown and flowing hair, script around outside edge “says united states of america” at the bottom of liberty’s neck is the date 1866 on the reverse is what looks like “III” with a wreath around the outside edge. Can you give me any idea if this dime has any value?
It’s not a dime. You have a 1866 United States nickel 3 cent piece. These were minted from 1865-1889 and overlap the Type III 3 cent silvers (1859-1873). Value for the 3 cent nickel depends on grade (condition). Approximate range: $5 – $100.