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The high-grade rarity of the 1919 branch mint issues in the Mercury dime series is consistent with the difficulty of obtaining high-grade examples of the 1919-D and 1919-S in other silver series, such as Standing Liberty quarters and Walking Liberty halves. In each of the three series, the 1919-D and 1919-S are low-mintage, but this only partly explains their high-grade rarity. Collector interest was initially high for the well-designed trio of new designs, introduced in 1916 and, in the case of the quarter, in early 1917. By 1919 their novelty had diminished, and perhaps fewer numismatists were saving examples. The mintage of the 1919-S dime, at 8.85 million examples, did not compel hoarding when compared with the remarkable 264,000-piece production of the 1916-D dime, or the mere 52,000-coin emission of the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter.
Concerning the 1919-S dime, David W. Lange writes, 'an overall weakness of strike is particularly evident at the periphery of both obverse and reverse.'
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