Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 27,330,000
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 (5/29/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1917 S 10C MS obverse 1917 S 10C MS reverse


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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This issue enjoyed a generous mintage, due to the need for a great many additional coins during World War I. The war not only increased manufacturing and shipping, but new taxes imposed for the duration resulted in more transactions ending in odd figures.

1917-S dimes were common in circulation well into the 1950s, and many survivors are worn nearly slick. Examples may be found without great effort in all grades through MS 65, but very few of these display Full Bands (FB).

The majority of 1917-S dimes feature the old style obverse used for 1916 (photo), and those having the T17 obverse are scarce enough that they should carry a premium. There were evidently a fair number of reverse dies leftover from 1916, as many 1917-S dimes display the same, tiny mintmark tucked up close to the olive branch. The example illustrated, however, exhibits a reverse die from a later batch carrying the new style of S introduced this year, which typically is centered between the branch and the border (photo). As the illustrated coin indicates, this mintmark style is transitional with T16 and T17 obverses. Collectors should take greater notice of these various combinations, as rarities will emerge from such study.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1917 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 3.75 4.50 6.50 12.50 29.00 32.00 38.00 68.00 100.00 140 175 260 450 900 3750 - - -
$ - 31.00 35.00 43.00 75.00 115 155 200 340 500 1250 - -
1917 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 150 225 265 425 1225 1750 9400 17500 - -
$ - - - - - 165 240 315 600 1375 2350 13250 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 578
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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6/7/2015 MS 66  Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3535


Auction Prices Realized

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11/3/2005 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 1081 $1,035.00
2/25/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2332, 2332/Lot# 1431 $235.20
12/13/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 203, 209/Lot# 5348 $115.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2041 $1,092.50
2/14/2008 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 237 $2,070.00
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3811 $1,380.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8470 $4,025.00
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine AG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 119225 $7.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333337811151391711942092554375278651363252542311021518460
333331451921231491781992243154676391031175030936225129630
0000005192123149178199224315467639103117503093622500
00000066103131160186204239376497752119721373662822000
1917 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333341891271511862122272784715659211442264844121056018994
3333315571011351621942172443425026831094184432366461133710
00000057101135162194217244342502683109418443236646100
00000073114143174203222261406533802126822463824851000
1917 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333335912315517920923024428856377215472302352556751483426849
33333218013316318921623425837963210301798270942418728188390
000000801331631892162342583796321030179827094241872800
00000010114417119922323927347170212882050311749581178100
1917 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333336713517119422725126531460482216332417368358981528827553
33333248914717820523525528141067610921894283944219028193760
000000891471782052352552814106761092189428394421902800
00000011215918621624326029750774913622155326151591215800
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1363
Owner: Mike Hayes
 
Grade: MS 63 FB
Points: 563
Owner: d.salyer
 
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