Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,450,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.69 (11/24/2020)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 S MERCURY 10C MS obverse 1916 S MERCURY 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1916-S Mercury Dime is fairly common in circulated grades through Very Fine, with XF and AU examples being more elusive. Mint State coins are plentiful, but these typically are weak in the central portion of Liberty's curls and on the central horizontal bands and the lower diagonal band of the fasces. On the plus side, 1916-S dimes usually have excellent luster.

The S mintmark used for this issue is the same punch introduced with the Lincoln Cents of 1909 and used until early 1917. The first batch of reverse dies sent to the San Francisco Mint had this S tucked up very high against the olive branch. Some of these dies were used for the early coinage of 1917, too.

A very minor S over S variety is known, but this has attracted no interest from general collectors of the Mercury series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/6/2019

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1916 S MERCURY 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.25 5.50 9.75 14.00 25.00 27.00 30.00 34.00 38.00 42.00 50.00 70.00 85.00 120 240 375 1300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 130 255 490 5250 -
1916 S MERCURY 10C MS FB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 42.00 50.00 60.00 100.00 140 260 900 1400 5500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 300 950 1900 10000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1176
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1916 S MERCURY 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9873-136241943-1555111197106494---723
-----------------3----3
----------------11----2
-----------------------
Total9873-136241943-1555111197107534---728
 13%1%0%-0%0%1%0%1%3%6%-2%8%15%27%15%7%1%--- 
1916 S MERCURY 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------6-8448119586276---453
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------------------1---1
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Total----------6-8448119586277---454
 ----------1%-2%10%18%43%19%6%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S MERCURY 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162020375498115119135151171201220244311426731100121743223629311371
1720264369104116124140158181207228266349528821139225244246798611940
00000011612414015818120722826634952882113922524424600
00000011813014616419121423628938862991117832873527000
1916 S MERCURY 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202037549811511913515117120123735150268415312106385250711134020748
172026436910411612414015818121327540156396617232688425871611447621785
000000116124140158181213275401563966172326884258716100
0000001181301461641912253134526231249191432704665925000
1916 S MERCURY 10C MS FBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202424415910612312714716318622025837853973116172215403252771171321330
2124304775112124134152171197233298432603102618162821444774221491922397
0000001241341521711972332984326031026181628214447742200
0000001261401581782092453384856671322201634264862956800
1916 S MERCURY 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162032508910211112313916318320122728839568494120683080605811006
131724386393105115128147170189210247324491770131724054073770711556
00000010511512814717018921024732449177013172405407300
00000010811913415517619521826835958885516922743506500
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 3852
Owner: Sadler
 
Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 1531
Owner: d.salyer
 
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