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: $1.23 (10/21/2017)
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: 4/10/2017

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1916 S MERCURY 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.00 6.00 9.00 12.50 22.00 27.00 30.00 34.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 57.00 75.00 110 230 370 1425 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 120 255 490 5250 -
1916 S MERCURY 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 42.00 50.00 60.00 95.00 150 230 825 1475 5100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 285 925 1900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1059
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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12/10/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1005, 1005/Lot# 1254 $14.75
3/18/2007 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67034, 67034/Lot# 23265 $184.00
7/8/2010 NGC MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 7600 $517.50
9/26/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 622, 629/Lot# 145 $89.70
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 63   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 158082 $148.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 198563 $2,200.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 647 $391.00
11/6/2015 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22174 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S 10C MS MERCURY Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162020375498115119135151171201220244311426731100121743223629311371
172026436910411612414015818120722826634952882113922524424679860
00000011612414015818120722826634952882113922524424600
00000011813014616419121423628938862991117832873527000
1916 S 10C MS MERCURY Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202037549811511913515117120123735150268415312106385250711134020748
17202643691041161241401581812132754015639661723268842587161144760
000000116124140158181213275401563966172326884258716100
0000001181301461641912253134526231249191432704665925000
1916 S 10C MS MERCURY Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202424415910612312714716318622025837853973116172215403252771171321330
212430477511212413415217119723329843260310261816282144477422149190
0000001241341521711972332984326031026181628214447742200
0000001261401581782092453384856671322201634264862956800
1916 S 10C MS MERCURY
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162032508910211112313916318320122728839568494120683080605811006
13172438639310511512814717018921024732449177013172405407377070
00000010511512814717018921024732449177013172405407300
00000010811913415517619521826835958885516922743506500
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Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 1531
Owner: d.salyer
 
Grade: MS 64 FB
Points: 684
Owner: karl49
 
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