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: $1.23 (9/22/2017)
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 coin illustrated features the older Type of 1916 obverse. Though publicized some years ago, these subtypes have not attracted much attention from collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/10/2017

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1917 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 3.75 4.00 5.50 8.00 13.00 14.50 17.50 22.00 30.00 40.00 48.00 55.00 85.00 180 380 810 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 525 - -
1917 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 45.00 55.00 80.00 130 400 1300 3850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 155 575 2150 7050 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 883
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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7/26/2005 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25081, 25081/Lot# 11188 $345.00
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2603 $718.75
1/25/2012 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 3214, 3214/Lot# 1219 $95.00
3/31/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 745, 754/Lot# 115 $50.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8697 $1,292.50
3/30/2014 NGC MS 63   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 181748 $59.95
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7622 $1,292.50
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 63   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 182101 $96.00
7/6/2017 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1257/Lot# 7298 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212202841505972891231631942203205759581515223349999087
1012121523324453637810013617320325340570311441754315563620
0000004453637810013617320325340570311441754315500
0000004756688311215018421128749083013291994407700
1917 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616162432455467819813517920924134861510181600234552039403
1316161927364858728711015018922027743774912121848329866030
0000004858728711015018922027743774912121848329800
0000005163769212316419923031252688414062097425000
1917 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216161624324554678198143183220304450990196933863612775414158
13161619273648587287113156195248353630131624413461499398890
00000048587287113156195248353630131624413461499300
00000051637692128170208276401810164329143537637300
1917 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162020202837505976891061552012413304841051207235393771803614597
172020233141536580951221702142713816731391256136165193102230
00000053658095122170214271381673139125613616519300
000000567085100139186228300433862173230503694661400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 575
Owner: JAA3
 
Grade: MS 64 FB
Points: 450
Owner: Allen
 
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