Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,680,000
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: $1.05 (8/3/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1918 10C MS obverse 1918 10C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This was another very high mintage issue from the war years, and circulated pieces are plentiful in grades below VF. The higher circulated grades are seldom seen, but their values are held in check by a good population of Mint State pieces through MS 64. Gems are moderately scarce, especially with Full Bands. Coins having FB are more likely to submitted one or more times, and this accounts for the slightly misleading population numbers.

The obverse master hub was modified yet again in 1918, but in this instance there were no transitional varieties; all dimes dated 1918 and later display this same hub. It is recognizable by the raised lip around the V on Liberty's cap where it points toward her neck. Another, very obvious distinction is that each feather in her wing now has a fine, raised line around its outer edge. Finally, this wing, which formerly dropped off toward the field where it extends beyond the cap, hereafter remains on the same plain and is thus cut more deeply over the coin's field.

This change in relief is not readily evident on Mint State coins, but it becomes obvious on well worn pieces. Dimes of the older obverse hubs will still show much detail on the tips of the feathers, while those from the new hub wear more evenly on the feathers.

The new obverse hub is richly detailed, and 1918(P) dimes that were sharply struck from fresh dies reveal far greater intricacy in the hair and feathers. Unfortunately, most 1918(P) dimes are weakly struck at their peripheries, as on the reverse of the example illustrated. The sharpness of this new hub was lost with repeated use, but the fine details survived into the early 1920s before softening on all later dates.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1918 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 4.50 6.00 12.50 27.50 40.00 43.00 45.00 70.00 90.00 110 135 180 400 1200 - - - -
$ 32.00 43.00 45.00 50.00 75.00 100.00 120 145 225 550 - - -
1918 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - 55.00 60.00 85.00 115 155 210 400 1275 1900 10500 - - -
$ - - 60.00 67.00 95.00 125 170 250 515 1775 2800 18400 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 436
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/27/2005 NGC MS 64   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 700 $246.10
9/26/2005 PCGS MS 62   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Online Session #385, 385/Lot# 8126 $103.50
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Full Bands Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 562 $173.65
4/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3427, 3427/Lot# 1525 $58.75
7/21/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 128713 $65.23
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7623 $317.25
5/24/2015 NGC MS 63   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131522/Lot# 21176 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333359119143163190209216230272304774139319693406827814899
333332179127149172196211220244282460980158524485030104850
0000007912714917219621122024428246098015852448503000
00000099135156181202213225258293617118617772927665400
1918 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333363131159179209227234251295330826147220723560857415355
3333323851401651892152292392653064951041167225685231108340
00000085140165189215229239265306495104116722568523100
000000108149172199221231245280318660125618723064690200
1918 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333336713916318320922723424836652714882197310350711299523514
3333324911471691912152292382874198471724249937597712165010
00000091147169191215229238287419847172424993759771200
00000011515517620022123124332647311671960280144151035300
1918 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333337615117920122724825526839556515722308324752771340724152
33333271011601862092342502593104519001817262139237987169880
000000101160186209234250259310451900181726213923798700
00000012616919321824125226335250812362062293446001069700
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Grade: MS 66 FB
Points: 2197
Owner: Kaiser14
 
Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 1488
Owner: mtayl03
 
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