Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,770,000
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: $1.47 (8/1/2014)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1927 S 10C MS obverse 1927 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of 4.7 million pieces, the 1927-S seems an unlikely candidate for one of the keys to the Mercury dime series. It is an easy coin to locate in the lower circulated grades, but it becomes scarce at the VF level. Uncirculated examples are elusive, but it is really the few Full Bands coins that elevate the '27-S to one of the series keys.

As Lange relates in his second edition of The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes, 'Full band gems of this date are among the keys to this series. No examples of 1927-S have been certified higher than MS-66.' Those comments are taken from his second edition, which was published in 2005. So, sometime in the past two years this magnificent coin has been certified. To give an even more complete picture of this issue and its rarity in high grade and with full bands, we turn once again to David Lange: 'Flat band or partially split band pieces are the rule. A low mintage, combined with a particularly low survival rate for Mint State coins, provide very few coins from which to search for full band specimens. Occasional comparisons with the popular 1926-S dime are invalid, as 1927-S in Mint State beats it on most counts. The number of Uncirculated coins, both with and without full bands, is notably lower for 1927-S.'

Yet the 1926-S has traditionally been more highly sought after. This, of course, is because collectors like to equate low mintage with low availability. Sometimes this works, but all too often it does not. It has only been in the past 30 years with the advent of scholarship in the various 20th century series, and research specifically by Harold Kritzman into the relative scarcity of Full Band dimes, that we have a much clearer understanding of this popular series. Even then, the 1927-S was often considered second-best to the 1926-S (see Lange's comment above) and the term 'underrated' was often used when considering the '27-S. That would appear to not be the case any longer. This coin will likely bring the 1927-S to the forefront of strike rarities in the Mercury dime series.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1927 S 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.25 5.00 7.00 14.00 34.00 34.00 50.00 58.00 95.00 300 340 370 475 625 850 1500 2750 - - - -
$ 37.00 54.00 65.00 125 325 365 415 520 700 950 1900 - - -
1927 S 10C MS Full Bands
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 370 425 500 1325 2250 8500 20000 - - - -
$ - - - - - 410 465 600 1500 3000 10500 24500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 211
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/21/2000 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20034, 20034/Lot# 4227 $5,850.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6772 $18,400.00
5/21/2008 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2532, 2532/Lot# 1210 $17.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1330 $4,370.00
12/9/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 88406 $110.00
1/13/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 734, 743/Lot# 41 $1,250.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6989 $646.25
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4428 $7,050.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333367135327434570653705783925112417302268275445651445025632
33333248919936247959767073183099113261909243033577860181770
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000000112263398524625687757877105715282088259239611115500
1927 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333372147354466611699752835983119218242381288547561489526312
333332697216391514640716779884105214022009254935088135187000
0000009721639151464071677988410521402200925493508813500
000000122285428562669734807933112216132195271741321151500
1927 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331112123864876156957648381103200937474048544790992695548321
33333391442704195296417187889261405258838474514666415051340770
000000144270419529641718788926140525883847451466641505100
0000001783284535726687418131014170731673947498078812100300
1927 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331192304185226597438158931170211339124223566494162766149406
33333411562924525676877678419851484271240154703691415497349090
000000156292452567687767841985148427124015470369141549700
0000001933554876137157918671077179833124119518381652157900
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