Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,230,000
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 (10/18/2019)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 10C MS obverse 1921 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A severe, post-war recession set in during the final months of 1920 and lasted until mid-1923. This nearly eradicated demand for additional coins, and existing stocks took care of the economy for some time. The Philadelphia Mint did strike just enough dimes early in the year to prevent this date from becoming a rarity, though their low mintage has long attracted both collectors and speculators.

Widely hoarded from the mid 1930s through the 1950s, 1921(P) dimes are fairly plentiful below the grade of Fine. Mint State examples are certainly more scarce than for other P-Mint dimes of this decade, but they are not truly rare. Gems are pretty elusive, but the vast majority of Mint State coins do feature Full Bands. In contrast, this issue typically is weak at its peripheries, with flat tops to the lettering and an somewhat indistinct date.

Several denominations coined this year received slight makeovers, and dimes dated 1921 have a distinctive style of numerals not seen for other years. Specifically, both numerals 1 are bowed inward at their centers and have broad bases. Along with wide open loop to numeral 9, these features easily expose the many 1941 dimes which have been altered to read 1921 over the years.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/8/2019

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1921 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 70.00 135 300 565 875 950 1100 1400 1450 1650 1800 2100 2450 3750 4750 - - - -
1921 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1600 1875 2400 3100 4375 6100 8125 33500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3250 4850 7000 17000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1673
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1921 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base346391187126192484525201932-43324-----1447
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Total346391187126192484525201932-43324-----1447
 24 %27 %13 %9 %13 %3 %3 %2 %1 %1 %2 %-0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %----- 
1921 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------17-1121277561185---226
-----------------4----4
--------------12------3
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Total---------17-1121287761225---233
 ---------0 %3 %-5 %9 %12 %33 %26 %9 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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8/14/2005 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2078, 2078/Lot# 1220 $952.00
7/8/2010 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 7602 $402.50
7/12/2010 NGC G 4   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 496, 502/Lot# 254 $59.00
9/2/2012 NGC VF 30   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 886 $219.00
3/30/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 180424 $36.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5658 $411.25
9/21/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131439/Lot# 29125 $205.63
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3892 $5,640.00
4/19/2015 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131517/Lot# 27216 $203.28


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1712483204848151299137916711749187220482106234524512552275633863894414459551655127021
197272375594976132614761697179019312067218623802485262029663555397747489487200410
0000001476169717901931206721862380248526202966355539774748948700
00000015741723183119892087226524162518268831763725406153511301900
1921 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1712483204848151299137916711749187220872124238526432985328141724981829383152153935786
1972723755949761326147616971790194420992211247127573084357844426085830012723262880
00000014761697179019442099221124712757308435784442608583001272300
00000015741723183120152112229825572871318238754711718983081713100
1921 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1862683485198681374145717621843197021942233250327703124343143505184858886122213736655
21329540563510371402155917891885204522072323259228883226373746286319859613120269760
00000015591789188520452207232325922888322637374628631985961312000
00000016601816192821192220241326813006332940444906745386041762900
1921 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1552302984507641226130315831658177620092087223323352433262832383730397257291607026327
180253349555918125213961608169718542035213622672368249828313402381145589176194890
0000001396160816971854203521362267236824982831340238114558917600
00000014901633173719312061218423012400256330353566389151431262300
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Grade: MS 63 FB
Points: 2985
Owner: AKSHCC
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2009
Owner: dusty13
 
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