Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 59,030,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.27 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1920 10C MS obverse 1920 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint set a record for dime production in 1920 that would not be exceeded until nearly 20 years later. As it turned out, this quantity of dimes was excessive, and a redundancy developed that would slow the minting of this denomination until well into 1923.

With such a large number coined, it's not surprising that this issue is very common across all grades through MS 65. While the majority lack Full Bands, there are so many Mint State coins from which to choose that FB-certified examples are not rare.

With the onset of the 1920s, the Mint faced a problem it had not anticipated. Numeral 2, being much wider than the previously used 1, pushed the final numeral of the date so close to the border that it is often weakly struck on this and all subsequent dates through the end of the Mercury series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1920 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.25 5.00 6.00 7.00 10.00 15.00 17.00 18.00 22.00 40.00 45.00 55.00 80.00 115 235 525 1440 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 85.00 130 - 775 - -
1920 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 57.00 75.00 115 150 430 775 3350 6500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 160 500 1300 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 855
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
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: 10/22/2019 1920 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base311131431414-1331458344921--264
----------1-------2---3
--------------12------3
-----------------------
Total311131431415-1331468544941--270
 1 %0 %0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %1 %0 %1 %6 %-5 %11 %17 %31 %16 %3 %1 %0 %-- 
1920 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------6-10528625112247152--591
----------------1-----1
---------------1-3----4
-----------------------
Total----------6-10528625212350152--596
 ----------1 %-2 %9 %14 %42 %21 %8 %3 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/3/1999 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1159, 1159/Lot# 1308 $141.70
1/3/2006 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 2139 $747.50
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1320 $80.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2118 $488.75
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 152299 $88.00
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1079 $130.00
10/23/2016 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131644/Lot# 21413 $114.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12161616203750728598143171190244320439774134522712421577110419
13161617264157768911315217720826936055196416542321353873200
00000057768911315217720826936055196416542321353800
000000658194128162184226295399662115519622371465400
1920 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616162037507285981431832553424095021066149428604290882516139
1316161726415776891131562072843644406901209194933375802112630
000000577689113156207284364440690120919493337580200
000000658194128170231313387471878135124053813731300
1920 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1620202024415481941061552012783694395391131157829944472913516623
1720202130456385981221702273083924727361280205034876026116310
000000638598122170227308392472736128020503487602600
0000007290102139186252339416506934142925223979758100
1920 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212163245597689131155175227298409725127121612305555110077
10121213213650658010313916219225133551490715682209338770600
00000050658010313916219225133551490715682209338700
000000547085117147168210274372620108918642257446900
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 2860
Owner: Kaiser141
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1271
Owner: dabrown
 
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