Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,230,000
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: $1.13 (7/6/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 10C MS obverse 1921 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A severe, post-war recession set in during the final months of 1920 and lasted until mid-1923. This nearly eradicated demand for additional coins, and existing stocks took care of the economy for some time. The Philadelphia Mint did strike just enough dimes early in the year to prevent this date from becoming a rarity, though their low mintage has long attracted both collectors and speculators.

Widely hoarded from the mid 1930s through the 1950s, 1921(P) dimes are fairly plentiful below the grade of Fine. Mint State examples are certainly more scarce than for other P-Mint dimes of this decade, but they are not truly rare. Gems are pretty elusive, but the vast majority of Mint State coins do feature Full Bands. In contrast, this issue typically is weak at its peripheries, with flat tops to the lettering and an somewhat indistinct date.

Several denominations coined this year received slight makeovers, and dimes dated 1921 have a distinctive style of numerals not seen for other years. Specifically, both numerals 1 are bowed inward at their centers and have broad bases. Along with wide open loop to numeral 9, these features easily expose the many 1941 dimes which have been altered to read 1921 over the years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1921 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 85.00 125 300 600 920 950 1000 1350 1650 1750 1875 2250 3550 4750 - - - -
$ 625 950 975 1100 1500 1700 1800 2075 2650 3900 - - -
1921 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1850 2125 2650 3300 5150 8750 28150 - - -
$ - - - - - 2000 2350 3000 4375 6000 12950 40000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1253
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/24/1997 NGC MS 65   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 0930, 930/Lot# 1171 $2,996.00
10/22/2007 NGC MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8257 $2,760.00
9/14/2008 NGC G 4   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 798 $115.00
1/24/2012 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8509 $431.25
6/5/2013 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4435 $18,800.00
6/22/2014 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 182102 $50.00
11/9/2014 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131446/Lot# 25206 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333437874103911861270132314011450153116341781179925853009356457291607026327
33314758292910881214128713491417147715651683178720612726319442859176194890
0000001088121412871349141714771565168317872061272631944285917600
00000011371242130513751433150415991732179323232867337950071262300
1921 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333471930110412571344140114801531161717241876189527103149372259551655127021
33315962498811551286136314271497155916521774188221662856334044669487200410
0000001155128613631427149715591652177418822166285633404466948700
00000012061315138214531514158816881825188824383002353152101301900
1921 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33335171010110411931279133314111461154216441821200929603798541783152153935786
3331746811041113312211297135914271488157617031883232632394337638312723262880
00000011331221129713591427148815761703188323263239433763831272300
00000011631250131513851444151516101762194626433518487773491713100
1921 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33335561072117112641352141014901543162817341918211330993965563386122213736655
3331877281105120212931371143615071571166317951983244133874521662613120269760
00000012021293137114361507157116631795198324413387452166261312000
00000012331322139014631525159916981856204827703676507776191762800
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Grade: MS 63 FB
Points: 1821
Owner: AKSHCC
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 437
Owner: Ace81982
 
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