Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 59,030,000
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: $1.42 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1920 10C MS obverse 1920 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

According to David W. Lange's The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes, rapidly rising silver prices from 1916 through 1919 threatened to destabilize the market in India, which craved the precious metal and was experiencing widespread speculation and hoarding. India was then the 'jewel in the crown' of America's World War I ally Great Britain. The Pittman Act of 1918 mandated the melting of more than 270 million silver dollars. The silver was to be sold to Great Britain, so it could flood the Indian market. But the melting was postponed until after the war's end, by which time the Indian market threat had subsided. The excess silver was put to use in production of U.S. minor coinage: half dollars, quarters, and dimes. The mintage of 1920 Philadelphia Mercury dimes, at more than 59 million coins, was the largest so far in the series. Despite this, only a handful of Superb Gem, Full Bands examples have been graded.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1920 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.90 4.08 4.50 4.80 8.40 8.40 14.95 18.40 20.70 31.20 34.80 39.60 57.60 75.00 105 275 550 1430 - - -
$ - - - 23.00 35.00 39.00 44.00 65.00 84.00 118 300 610 1570 -
1920 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 38.40 60.00 81.60 104 150 438 720 2760 6730 - -
$ - - - - - 43.00 67.00 91.00 116 168 480 790 3000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 710
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/10/1999 NGC MS 63   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 1142, 1142/Lot# 1256 $49.05
2/25/2008 NGC MS 62   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 224, 230/Lot# 358 $47.15
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1319 $529.00
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 7778 $474.95
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10511 $388.70
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2118 $488.75
3/18/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 39227 $20.50
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7692 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331637505972859814320124450292512522305555110077
33333723415363768911316221533064310341603338770590
00000023415363768911316221533064310341603338700
00000030455667809312818122941678411431954446900
1920 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333320415467819410615922026553998313262421577110419
33333827455871859812317923535668710971691353773200
00000027455871859812317923535668710971691353700
000000344962768910214119925044783512112056465400
1920 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333204154637689102155220272958158321243639882516139
3333382745576780931191762375001166176326295367112630
000000274557678093119176237500116617632629536700
000000344960718497137198254729137419433134709600
1920 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332045597285981151712412951018167122333800913516623
33333828496376891031331942595361235185827555578116310
0000002849637689103133194259536123518582755557800
0000003654678093109152217277777145320453277735600
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 2124
Owner: Kaiser14
 
Grade: MS 64 FB
Points: 272
Owner: mtayl03
 
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