Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,080,000
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: $1.15 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 D 10C MS obverse 1921 D 10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This issue recorded the second lowest mintage of the series and has always been a collector favorite. Thousands of heavily worn examples have survived due to the hoarding that occurred after the arrival of low-priced coin boards in the mid 1930s.

1921-D dimes are noticeably more scarce than their Philadelphia cousins of nearly similar mintage. Mint State survivors are elusive, with gems being quite rare. The percentage of Full Band examples is smaller than for 1921(P), but then 1921-D dimes are less likely to have the extreme peripheral weakness seen on the Philadelphia coins. The specimen illustrated is exceptional in all respects and hardly representative of the typical MS coin.

As with all Denver Mint coins from this period, 1921-D dimes are often seen with die cracks. Since the mintage of this issue was fairly low, the problem doesn't seem to have resulted from overuse of the dies. Instead, a flawed procedure for hardening the dies or machining the collars was the likely culprit.

All 1921-D dimes were coined early in the year, and production of this denomination did not resume at Denver until 1924. Existing stocks of dimes from the boom years of 1917-20 were sufficient to meet circulating demand.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/4/2015

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1921 D 10C MS
Base $ 75.00 120 200 360 700 1050 1150 1275 1450 1625 1750 2250 2800 3800 5500 7500 - - -
$ 875 - 1200 1375 1525 - 1850 2400 3250 4250 6350 - -
1921 D 10C MS Full Bands
Base $ - - - - - - - - 1550 1750 2225 2875 4050 6850 11250 30250 - - -
$ - - - - 1600 - 2450 3450 4750 7750 16500 - -

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Total Graded: 1358
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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10/13/2015 VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23102
10/13/2015 VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23104
10/13/2015 VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131541/Lot# 23455
10/13/2015 G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131541/Lot# 23453
10/13/2015 F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23103
10/13/2015 F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131541/Lot# 23454

Auction Prices Realized

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3/24/2004 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5568 $7,762.50
9/19/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1633 $1,380.00
8/8/2007 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1015 $2,645.00
2/14/2008 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 251 $5,750.00
9/21/2010 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 2929, 2929/Lot# 1058 $163.00
10/17/2012 PCGS FA 2   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24499 $28.20
1/20/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 96665 $45.00
9/15/2013 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 769, 778/Lot# 60 $1,325.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 D 10C MS
1921 D 10C MS Prooflike
1921 D 10C MS Full Bands
1921 D 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 3
Owner: Coin Trader
Grade: VG 8
Points: 3
Owner: TBussey
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