Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 55,230,000
Catalog: KM-140
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.21 (5/27/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 10C MS obverse 1917 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first full year of Mercury Dime coinage coincided with a booming wartime economy in which all minor and silver coins were struck in record quantities. Though it didn't enjoy the first-year hoarding of the 1916 issue, the 1917(P) dime is still common across all grades through MS 65. A fair percentage of these have Full Bands (FB), and luster is usually excellent for this date.

There were two different master hubs used to generate obverse dies for 1917 dimes of all three mints. The first was a carryover from 1916's production, and it is recognizable by the high relief Liberty's cap where it projects down toward her neck in a rounded V shape. Also distinctive is the relative lack of separation between the feathers of her wing. On the modified hub introduced fairly early in 1917's coinage, the V of her cap is in noticeably lower relief, and there is a distinct trough between each feather to separate them visually.

Most 1917(P) dimes were coined from dies displaying the new style (Type of 1917), but the coin illustrated features the older Type of 1916 obverse. Though publicized some years ago, these subtypes have not attracted much attention from collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1917 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 3.75 4.00 5.50 8.00 13.00 14.50 17.50 22.00 40.00 50.00 63.00 78.00 175 400 800 - - -
$ - - - - 24.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 90.00 215 475 1100 -
1917 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 55.00 80.00 130 400 1200 3850 - - -
$ - - - - - 50.00 65.00 100.00 155 575 2150 7050 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 810
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/22/2003 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #331, 331/Lot# 633 $333.50
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 598 $1,208.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7471 $126.50
10/27/2010 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2950, 2950/Lot# 1205 $17.00
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131123/Lot# 28083 $84.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1316 $2,232.50
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 63   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 115914 $107.80
7/6/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 153322 $100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333163245597285941231632014097561206223349999087
3333372136496376881031361752705249061548315563610
0000002136496376881031361752705249061548315500
00000026405467809111314918833964010561890407700
1917 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331637506381941021351792204428071278234552039403
3333372341546985961131491922945639641633329766030
0000002341546985961131491922945639641633329700
00000030455875899912416420636868511211989425000
1917 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333204154678194102131201285764130318863281775414158
33333827455871859611115422944494314972351477298880
00000027455871859611115422944494314972351477200
000000344962768999121177257604112316912816626300
1917 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332045597289102115143220308815137919853431803614597
33333828496377931061241682494771003158124674966102230
0000002849637793106124168249477100315812467496600
0000003654678397110133194278646119117832949650100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 409
Owner: JAA
 
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