Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 59,030,000
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: $1.20 (5/5/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1920 10C MS obverse 1920 10C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint set a record for dime production in 1920 that would not be exceeded until nearly 20 years later. As it turned out, this quantity of dimes was excessive, and a redundancy developed that would slow the minting of this denomination until well into 1923.

With such a large number coined, it's not surprising that this issue is very common across all grades through MS 65. While the majority lack Full Bands, there are so many Mint State coins from which to choose that FB-certified examples are not rare.

With the onset of the 1920s, the Mint faced a problem it had not anticipated. Numeral 2, being much wider than the previously used 1, pushed the final numeral of the date so close to the border that it is often weakly struck on this and all subsequent dates through the end of the Mercury series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1920 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.50 8.50 15.00 18.50 22.00 34.00 43.00 60.00 75.00 110 300 585 1500 - - -
$ - - - 24.00 36.00 45.00 65.00 85.00 145 340 800 - -
1920 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 65.00 92.00 115 165 500 950 3250 6750 - -
$ - - - - - 70.00 100.00 135 190 625 1450 4700 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 775
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/6/1994 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 1994 St. Louis Bullet Sale #119, 119/Lot# 128 $1,320.00
8/20/2006 PCGS MS 63   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66084, 66084/Lot# 23305 $97.75
6/11/2007 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2380, 2380/Lot# 1164 $380.80
2/14/2008 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 244 $977.50
2/25/2008 NGC MS 62   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 224, 230/Lot# 358 $47.15
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1319 $529.00
1/13/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 91919 $75.90
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4374 $415.95


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331637505972859814320124450292512522305555110077
33333723415363768911316221533064310341603338770590
00000023415363768911316221533064310341603338700
00000030455667809312818122941678411431954446900
1920 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333320415467819410615922026553998313262421577110419
33333827455871859812317923535668710971691353773200
00000027455871859812317923535668710971691353700
000000344962768910214119925044783512112056465400
1920 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333204154637689102155220272958158321243639882516139
3333382745576780931191762375001166176326295367112630
000000274557678093119176237500116617632629536700
000000344960718497137198254729137419433134709600
1920 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332045597285981151712412951018167122333800913516623
33333828496376891031331942595361235185827555578116310
0000002849637689103133194259536123518582755557800
0000003654678093109152217277777145320453277735600
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 2124
Owner: Kaiser14
 
Grade: MS 64 FB
Points: 272
Owner: Jay Carr
 
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