Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 55,230,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.64 (11/28/2020)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 10C MS obverse 1917 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The first full year of Mercury Dime coinage coincided with a booming wartime economy in which all minor and silver coins were struck in record quantities. Though it didn't enjoy the first-year hoarding of the 1916 issue, the 1917(P) dime is still common across all grades through MS 65. A fair percentage of these have Full Bands (FB), and luster is usually excellent for this date.

There were two different master hubs used to generate obverse dies for 1917 dimes of all three mints. The first was a carryover from 1916's production, and it is recognizable by the high relief Liberty's cap where it projects down toward her neck in a rounded V shape. Also distinctive is the relative lack of separation between the feathers of her wing. On the modified hub introduced fairly early in 1917's coinage, the V of her cap is in noticeably lower relief, and there is a distinct trough between each feather to separate them visually.

Most 1917(P) dimes were coined from dies displaying the new style (Type of 1917), but the older Type of 1916 obverse is not rare. Though publicized some years ago, these subtypes have not attracted much attention from collectors.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 10/9/2020

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1917 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.00 4.10 5.00 8.50 10.00 13.00 15.00 17.50 22.00 30.00 37.00 45.00 55.00 90.00 185 345 810 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 525 - -
1917 10C MS FB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 45.00 55.00 85.00 145 400 900 2600 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 175 575 1900 5000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 978
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 1917 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1136745431948-1327326534111---284
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Total1136745431948-1327326534111---284
 0%0%1%2%2%1%2%1%1%7%17%-5%10%11%23%12%4%0%--- 
1917 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------3201131011282691153410---694
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----------------11----2
-----------------1----1
Total---------3201131011282691163610---697
 ---------0%3%0%2%14%18%39%17%5%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616162432455467819813517920924134861510181600234552039403
1316161927364858728711015018922027743774912121848329866039873
0000004858728711015018922027743774912121848329800
0000005163769212316419923031252688414062097425000
1917 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216161624324554678198143183220304450990196933863612775414158
131616192736485872871131561952483536301316244134614993988914866
00000048587287113156195248353630131624413461499300
00000051637692128170208276401810164329143537637300
1917 10C MS FBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162020202837505976891061552012413304841051207235393771803614597
1720202331415365809512217021427138167313912561361651931022315327
00000053658095122170214271381673139125613616519300
000000567085100139186228300433862173230503694661400
1917 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212202841505972891231631942203205759581515223349999087
1012121523324453637810013617320325340570311441754315563629541
0000004453637810013617320325340570311441754315500
0000004756688311215018421128749083013291994407700
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Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 990
Owner: tevek
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 575
Owner: JAA3
 
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