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: $1.33 (2/25/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1918 10C MS obverse 1918 10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 8/4/2015

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1918 10C MS
Base $ 3.50 4.50 6.00 12.50 27.50 40.00 43.00 45.00 70.00 80.00 90.00 110 135 180 400 1200 - - - -
$ 32.00 - 44.00 50.00 75.00 - 100.00 120 145 225 550 - - -
1918 10C MS Full Bands
Base $ - - - - - - 55.00 60.00 85.00 100.00 115 155 210 400 1275 1800 10500 - - -
$ - - 58.00 67.00 95.00 - 125 170 250 515 1600 2800 18400 -

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Total Graded: 455
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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7/24/1996 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 0861, 861/Lot# 1272 $185.30
2/4/2009 NGC MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 8045 $373.75
5/13/2010 NGC MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 479, 485/Lot# 7156 $977.50
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
11/25/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 81560 $7.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 66   Full Bands Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 138 $2,702.50
8/11/2015 PCGS   Full Bands Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 326 $2,115.00
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 4138 $1,175.00
1/17/2016 PCGS MS 63   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131604/Lot# 27153 $129.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 10C MS
1918 10C MS Prooflike
1918 10C MS Full Bands
1918 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66 FB
Points: 2197
Owner: Kaiser141
Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 1488
Owner: mtayl03
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