Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,850,000
Catalog: KM-140
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (9/30/2014)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1919 S 10C MS obverse 1919 S 10C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The high-grade rarity of the 1919 branch mint issues in the Mercury dime series is consistent with the difficulty of obtaining high-grade examples of the 1919-D and 1919-S in other silver series, such as Standing Liberty quarters and Walking Liberty halves. In each of the three series, the 1919-D and 1919-S are low-mintage, but this only partly explains their high-grade rarity. Collector interest was initially high for the well-designed trio of new designs, introduced in 1916 and, in the case of the quarter, in early 1917. By 1919 their novelty had diminished, and perhaps fewer numismatists were saving examples. The mintage of the 1919-S dime, at 8.85 million examples, did not compel hoarding when compared with the remarkable 264,000-piece production of the 1916-D dime, or the mere 52,000-coin emission of the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter.

Concerning the 1919-S dime, David W. Lange writes, 'an overall weakness of strike is particularly evident at the periphery of both obverse and reverse.'

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1919 S 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.00 5.00 8.50 17.50 45.00 45.00 80.00 90.00 140 180 225 260 380 490 750 1650 2700 3500 - - -
$ 50.00 85.00 95.00 155 200 250 285 425 550 850 2000 3000 - -
1919 S 10C MS Full Bands
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 500 675 1500 2500 6750 17250 57500 120000 - - -
$ - - - - - 550 800 1650 3800 10200 24000 72500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 258
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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2/3/1995 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 226 $1,265.00
12/18/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0903, 903/Lot# 1281 $763.00
2/10/1997 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0918, 918/Lot# 1215 $918.00
1/22/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 715 $885.50
8/5/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28082, 28082/Lot# 22171 $373.75
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2553 $690.00
5/25/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 194554 $101.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1919 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333102201288342418463527620856113814211526319452011404825011
333333613523030636743348455869895012321456208238638150177020
0000001352303063674334845586989501232145620823863815000
000000168259324392448505589777104413261491263845321109900
1919 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333115220314372450500565663911120615021611334054111448425679
3333340150251333398466521597745100913041538218740308435182150
00000015025133339846652159774510091304153821874030843500
000000185282352424483543630828110714031574276347201145900
1919 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333316330438142949753959768412063019465673179588139144114374510
333335621032939745151155862685818103564554380741103022990522650
0000002103293974515115586268581810356455438074110302299000
00000025735541347452557765510322414411064308831124723206600
1919 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333317933041246353457964073112783159484975869918143474210776004
333336122935742948654959967091319053722576183631139423600534060
0000002293574294865495996709131905372257618363113942360000
00000027938444651056461970010952532428566739140128703285300
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