Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 19,300,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.22 (11/15/2019)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1918 S 10C MS obverse 1918 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is another high mintage issue that made hastily under stressful condition. A fair number of Mint State examples survive, but they are usually of disappointing quality. Most are weak at their peripheries, with features near the borders being indistinct (photos). Overuse of the dies compounded this problem, and it's not unusual to see worn, drawn dates and mintmarks on unworn coins from eroded dies.

This issue is very rare with Full Bands, but collectors are cautioned not to place sole emphasis on this design feature, as FB dimes of any date/mint may be accompanied by weak peripheral elements. The ultimate goal is to locate a coin from fresh dies that is well struck throughout, but with issues such as 1918-S this is a near impossibility.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/8/2019

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1918 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.50 4.75 6.50 18.00 30.00 50.00 60.00 80.00 95.00 130 170 220 295 345 780 1310 3500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 455 975 2700 - -
1918 S 10C MS FB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 270 425 675 2850 3750 6775 15650 110000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4200 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 452
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: 11/12/2019 1918 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base33216132714363185255121371231--380
-----------------2----2
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Total33216132714363185255121371431--382
 1 %1 %1 %0 %2 %0 %1 %1 %2 %4 %9 %1 %5 %14 %14 %32 %10 %4 %1 %0 %-- 
1918 S 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-241931105----72
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----------------1-----1
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Total----------1-241931115----73
 ----------1 %-3 %5 %26 %42 %15 %7 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/29/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0993, 993/Lot# 1248 $490.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2043 $1,495.00
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 9148 $253.00
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3373 $3,680.00
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4373 $399.50
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3532 $1,997.50
5/25/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 194553 $57.20
9/21/2014 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 822, 831/Lot# 302 $1,575.00
1/2/2019 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131902/Lot# 23171 $240.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616244594147201220285348471591741865101016441985338644121231822037
131619316111216520724230638951164178291312211758245237287047155580
0000001652072423063895116417829131221175824523728704700
0000001832142633274305516918249621433187129194070968300
1918 S 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216162445941472012202853485977741173175328474290695112378129643010754739
1316193161112165207242306431656907136621183328517787601257318678383180
00000016520724230643165690713662118332851778760125731867800
0000001832142633275147151040156024823809606410569127692439300
1918 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121220418513518320126532043755169581194915581886323842311193121441
101215275610215118922228335947559973485711521667233735696798151010
0000001511892222833594755997348571152166723373569679800
0000001671952443023985136477729031355177727873900936400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1886
Owner: dabrown
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 949
Owner: Ribeye_Jack
 
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