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: $1.24 (5/22/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1921 D 10C MS obverse 1921 D 10C MS reverse


  
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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: 5/20/2014

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1921 D 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 75.00 120 200 360 700 1050 1150 1275 1450 1625 1750 2250 2800 3800 5500 7500 - - -
$ 875 1150 1250 1375 1525 1725 1850 2400 3250 4250 6350 - -
1921 D 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 1550 1750 2225 2875 4050 6000 9450 30250 - - -
$ - - - - 1650 1875 2450 3450 4750 7250 12750 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1209
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67


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8/2/1997 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 6202 $2,645.00
12/10/1997 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 1005, 1005/Lot# 1262 $29.75
2/12/1999 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 5881 $1,955.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 665 $1,495.00
1/29/2012 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/29/2012, 5/Lot# 34901 $57.20
7/26/2012 NGC MS 66   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5650 $5,750.00
9/14/2014 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 821, 830/Lot# 10069 $180.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 D 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333551958113412901357140114641505160917531886196924643080373059651649326942
333185686101611861312137114221477153916571797191321342669329644759474199760
0000001186131213711422147715391657179719132134266932964475947400
00000012381334138614431491157417051841194122992874351352201298300
1921 D 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33335911018120213661435148115461589169718471985207225853223389461971698427647
333199733107912561389145015021560162517471893201422432797344646619792205380
0000001256138914501502156016251747189320142243279734464661979200
00000013111412146515241574166117971939204324143010367054291338800
1921 D 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333551958113812961366141014741515161917621928204833863984585389132299538166
3331856861018119013191380143114871549166618171968249435854607687313607280520
00000011901319138014311487154916661817196824943585460768731360700
00000012431342139514521501158417141872200829403784523078931830100
1921 D 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33335911018120613711443148915571600170818572029215435394157608292252362339078
3331997331080126113951458151115711636175719142070261537454798712914024287740
00000012611395145815111571163617571914207026153745479871291402400
00000013161419147315341585167218071971211230773951544081771882300
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 3
Owner: Coin Trader
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 3
Owner: TBussey
 
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