Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 26,680,000
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 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1918 10C MS obverse 1918 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was another very high mintage issue from the war years, and circulated pieces are plentiful in grades below VF. The higher circulated grades are seldom seen, but their values are held in check by a good population of Mint State pieces through MS 64. Gems are moderately scarce, especially with Full Bands. Coins having FB are more likely to submitted one or more times, and this accounts for the slightly misleading population numbers.

The obverse master hub was modified yet again in 1918, but in this instance there were no transitional varieties; all dimes dated 1918 and later display this same hub. It is recognizable by the raised lip around the V on Liberty's cap where it points toward her neck. Another, very obvious distinction is that each feather in her wing now has a fine, raised line around its outer edge. Finally, this wing, which formerly dropped off toward the field where it extends beyond the cap, hereafter remains on the same plain and is thus cut more deeply over the coin's field.

This change in relief is not readily evident on Mint State coins, but it becomes obvious on well worn pieces. Dimes of the older obverse hubs will still show much detail on the tips of the feathers, while those from the new hub wear more evenly on the feathers.

The new obverse hub is richly detailed, and 1918(P) dimes that were sharply struck from fresh dies reveal far greater intricacy in the hair and feathers. Unfortunately, most 1918(P) dimes are weakly struck at their peripheries, as on the reverse of the example illustrated. The sharpness of this new hub was lost with repeated use, but the fine details survived into the early 1920s before softening on all later dates.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/10/2017

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1918 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 4.50 6.00 12.50 27.50 40.00 43.00 45.00 75.00 85.00 95.00 115 140 180 375 1100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1918 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - 55.00 60.00 85.00 100.00 110 150 220 385 1175 1875 11000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 550 1500 2900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 457
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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1/28/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 5656 $506.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 64   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 700 $246.10
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1316 $690.00
3/11/2012 NGC MS 62   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131212/Lot# 21020 $138.00
8/27/2012 NGC MS 64   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 3336, 3336/Lot# 1738 $184.00
11/25/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 81560 $7.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Full Bands Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 326 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216202454811471791902013113453814395126151010189520723560857415355
13172134631031581831942383223574004635467471305195425685231108340
000000158183194238322357400463546747130519542568523100
000000168186197274334369420488581878160020133064690300
1918 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162024548114717922023732036639550266396618652385536756841299523514
131721346310315819322626533537643155676412662038337954738121165010
0000001581932262653353764315567641266203833795473812100
00000016820623129235138546660986515652212437355781055800
1918 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162024285989163194241258348395426539709102819632503558259081340724152
172125386911417321024728836440546459681513402143352956918408169890
0000001732102472883644054645968151340214335295691840800
00000018422525231837941650165292216512323455657991090700
1918 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91216205072135163175183288320351409477575949179919693406827814899
1013173057931441671782182993303704325107001232185624485030104850
000000144167178218299330370432510700123218562448503000
000000154171180253309341390454542824151619122927665400
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Grade: MS 66 FB
Points: 2385
Owner: Kaiser141
 
Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 1865
Owner: mtayl03
 
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