Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 27,330,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.12 (3/21/2019)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 S 10C MS obverse 1917 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue enjoyed a generous mintage, due to the need for a great many additional coins during World War I. The war not only increased manufacturing and shipping, but new taxes imposed for the duration resulted in more transactions ending in odd figures.

1917-S dimes were common in circulation well into the 1950s, and many survivors are worn nearly slick. Examples may be found without great effort in all grades through MS 65, but very few of these display Full Bands (FB).

The majority of 1917-S dimes feature the old style obverse used for 1916 (photo), and those having the T17 obverse are scarce enough that they should carry a premium. There were evidently a fair number of reverse dies leftover from 1916, as many 1917-S dimes display the same, tiny mintmark tucked up close to the olive branch. The example illustrated, however, exhibits a reverse die from a later batch carrying the new style of S introduced this year, which typically is centered between the branch and the border (photo). As the illustrated coin indicates, this mintmark style is transitional with T16 and T17 obverses. Collectors should take greater notice of these various combinations, as rarities will emerge from such study.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2019

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1917 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.25 5.00 6.50 10.00 15.70 30.00 32.00 41.00 77.00 95.00 108 156 182 270 416 1050 2850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 315 - 1525 - -
1917 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 105 150 220 310 525 1100 2200 9660 17500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 585 - 2550 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 668
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/18/2019 1917 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3223556-620582156258965913----415
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Total3223556-620582156258965913----415
 1 %0 %0 %1 %1 %1 %1 %-1 %5 %14 %0 %4 %15 %14 %23 %14 %3 %---- 
1917 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1217-5326685271431--253
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Total--------1217-5326685271431--253
 --------0 %1 %7 %-2 %13 %26 %34 %11 %6 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/28/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 5842 $253.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2610 $747.50
2/26/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28031, 28031/Lot# 21194 $69.00
9/29/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 287, 293/Lot# 545 $69.00
9/28/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3146, 3146/Lot# 1303 $140.00
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1167/Lot# 3977 $805.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4371 $323.13
12/15/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 158085 $59.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216162028599813514717130133640952761585411001774307344121056018994
1316172338721101391552143133604485566959361325220735196461133710
000000110139155214313360448556695936132522073519646100
0000001231431632583243854885867741018154926403966851100
1917 10C MS S Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12161620285998135147171301336502653802106618432302530664731483426849
13161723387211013915521431339155270389013251996330356959260188390
0000001101391552143133915527038901325199633035695926000
00000012314316325832444760375297815842149430560841204700
1917 10C MS S Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162020243267106147163186323363539697854113119412417551967201528827553
17202127448012015217123233642259274994614012100345159199576193760
0000001201521712323364225927499461401210034515919957600
000000133158178277350480644802103916712258448563201243200
1917 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121624548912313515527832038148957580210361683293642311021518460
1012131934661001271421962923404175186518801252210133686226129630
000000100127142196292340417518651880125221013368622600
000000112131148237306361453546726958146725183799822000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1683
Owner: Mike Hayes
 
Grade: MS 63 FB
Points: 802
Owner: Allen
 
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