Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 13,820,000
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: $1.50 (7/28/2014)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1920 S 10C MS obverse 1920 S 10C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The 1920-S is a highly respected condition rarity among early Mercury dimes. Harold Kritzman, the person who 'discovered' and promoted Full Bands as an indicator of completeness of strike in the Mercury dime series, believed the 1920-S to be the 'toughest condition and strike rarity of the Mercury Dime series.'

Lange mentions in his 2005 Complete Guide: 'Ones having both full bands and a sharp date are indeed rare, since numeral 0 is often indistinct.'

Series specialists will appreciate this Kritzman quote: 'Only a true full strike 1918-D in MS67, 100% FSB, should one ever be certified as such, would be considered of equal rarity to this 1920-S.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1920 S 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.00 4.50 5.25 8.50 24.00 24.00 52.00 57.00 63.00 105 140 185 280 390 625 1600 2750 - - - -
$ 27.00 55.00 60.00 68.00 120 155 210 315 440 775 1900 3250 - -
1920 S 10C MS Full Bands
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 325 375 500 850 1375 2400 6600 14750 70000 - - -
$ - - - - 350 400 550 1175 1725 2800 8800 17500 85000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 276
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3517


Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1053 $8,912.50
10/27/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 4047 $1,955.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9728 $373.75
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5616 $1,380.00
7/22/2012 NGC MS 65   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 3315, 3315/Lot# 1485 $4,200.00
7/21/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 102 $5,975.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1789 $2,350.00
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 158091 $1,045.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333335411517521626830435145067484715052268319452011444125976
33333207413518823328031938452473110661759257638638281182860
000000741351882332803193845247311066175925763863828100
0000009415520225029233541759978912852013288545321136100
1920 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333336312719423429233038148472190315892381334054111488726662
33333238414920725330434741556378111311853270040308569188120
000000841492072533043474155637811131185327004030856900
00000010517122027231736444964284213602117302047201172800
1920 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333981942482853333664095029081969417247446820102262985054113
33333341302122603013443804406371261270343625436795516767379370
000000130212260301344380440637126127034362543679551676700
000000162230272317355394471772161534374553612890902330800
1920 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331112122723083603954425399662072435049407077105713061155293
33333391442322843253714104746811334283145465652824117251388380
000000144232284325371410474681133428314546565282411725100
000000178252296342383426506823170335904743636494062393100
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