Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,850,000
Catalog: KM-140
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.13 (7/1/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1925 S 10C MS obverse 1925 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1925-S dime is a key entry in the Mercury series, and it just edges out 1925-D as the most poorly made one, too. All seen have been deficient in some respect, regardless of the grade assigned.

Since no 1925 dimes of any mint are fully struck on the obverse, it's likely that the master die was not properly hubbed for that year (A similar problem is found on 1925 nickels of all mints, which never have fully formed dates). In the case of 1925-S dimes, there exists a perfect storm of quality issues, with many coins having been struck from severely worn dies revealing heavy erosion at their peripheries, as well as central weakness.

Collectors building sets from circulation during the 1940s-50s seemingly hoarded all 1925-S dimes they encountered, as the magical S mintmark was routinely associated with scarcity. Well worn examples are thus plentiful, and this issue is not rare below the grade of XF. Mint State survivors are in very limited supply, and even those having Full Bands will likely be weakly struck in one or more other design features.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 251
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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5/1/2003 PCGS MS 63   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318, 318/Lot# 5988 $600.00
6/3/2004 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 6055 $12,650.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6769 $4,312.50
12/6/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 201, 207/Lot# 5259 $724.50
9/28/2011 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3146, 3146/Lot# 1310 $60.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2555 $2,070.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1182/Lot# 4168 $1,997.50
5/12/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/12/2013, 74/Lot# 114377 $57.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333143272330369423458527674867124617302319420266301788231971
3333349186291343387434481576738993140719262946501110380225780
00000018629134338743448157673899314071926294650111038000
000000229310356405446504625802111915682122357458201413100
1925 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333159295357398456492565721923131918242434438168811840432772
33333552043153704174685166177881055148720273083521410722231930
000000204315370417468516617788105514872027308352141072200
000000249336384436480540669855118716552230373260471456300
1925 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333163304360398450484551715949150532814080592290072592246620
33333562103223724154615066057931134209735474694695014645328210
000000210322372415461506605793113420973547469469501464500
000000257341385432472528660871131926893813530879782028300
1925 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331793303894294845195917641010158934314255615393222660847677
33333612293494024474955436488461203220337054887720915084336310
000000229349402447495543648846120322033705488772091508400
000000279369415465507567706928139628173980552082652084600
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 5922
Owner: PeaveyT40
 
Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 3281
Owner: GILMORE
 
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