Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,440,000
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: $1.08 (8/2/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1923 S 10C MS obverse 1923 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The fairly high mintage of dimes at the San Francisco Mint in 1920 was sufficient to meet the needs of commerce in the West throughout the recession years of 1921-22. Indeed, it was not until the second half of 1923 that production resumed, and that year's total was less than half the number coined in 1920.

1923-S dimes were hoarded from circulation as a semi-key date during the 1930s-50s, but such coins were almost invariably worn down to Very Good or lower. Uncleaned, problem-free examples grading Fine and higher are elusive, and Mint State survivors are very scarce. Few of these coins will display Full Bands. The decade of the 1920s was a time of austerity at the three mints, and dies were used far too long, producing poorly struck coins with many blurred or missing details.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1923 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 4.00 4.75 8.50 19.00 70.00 110 120 130 150 225 365 435 650 1250 2500 5450 - - -
$ 85.00 120 130 140 165 250 400 485 750 1500 3000 - -
1923 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 220 350 600 1050 2200 6150 23000 47500 - - -
$ - - - - 245 400 750 1400 3750 8000 32500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 318
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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8/16/2015 MS 66  Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3733


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9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands, Prooflike Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 666 $6,325.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 167 $632.50
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 10166 $21,850.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 63   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1928 $1,006.25
9/7/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3369 $1,265.00
2/12/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 28784 $115.50
9/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3339, 3339/Lot# 1433 $400.00
12/16/2012 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 730, 739/Lot# 2043 $5,850.00
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169715 $6.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333314327231434238440945055175694913812335264344031320923491
333334918628632335639242248361982010931699243732297338166360
0000001862863233563924224836198201093169924373229733800
00000022930033237040043651768788412372017254038161027300
1923 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333159295342372415442484591807101014602451277045891362624129
333335520431035238642445651966387411601790255733767601171270
0000002043103523864244565196638741160179025573376760100
00000024932636240043347055573594213102120266339821061300
1923 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333183336375401439463502597908168338174290654598542808750637
33333632343493834134474765337001166239439745041764815931356030
000000234349383413447476533700116623943974504176481593100
000000285362392426455489565804142431054132579387512200900
1923 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332013634064344745005396409661774398444726794101902881551761
33333692553774154474825135727481235251041465246792616398364630
000000255377415447482513572748123525104146524679261639800
000000309391424460491526606857150432474309602090582260600
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