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: $1.69 (11/24/2020)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/9/2019

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1921 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 90.00 150 380 595 875 950 1250 1350 1500 1650 1800 2100 2450 3000 4750 - - - -
1921 10C MS FB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1600 1800 2000 2750 3900 5750 8000 28500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3250 4700 6500 14500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1756
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
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: 11/24/2020 1921 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base377410196136199494725212032-43324-----1528
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Total377410196136199494725212032-43324-----1528
 25%27%13%9%13%3%3%2%1%1%2%-0%0%0%0%0%----- 
1921 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------17-1121287562185---228
-----------------4----4
--------------11------2
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Total---------17-1121297662225---234
 ---------0%3%-5%9%12%32%26%9%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1712483204848151299137916711749187220482106234524512552275633863894414459551655127021
1972723755949761326147616971790193120672186238024852620296635553977474894872004128372
0000001476169717901931206721862380248526202966355539774748948700
00000015741723183119892087226524162518268831763725406153511301900
1921 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1712483204848151299137916711749187220872124238526432985328141724981829383152153935786
19727237559497613261476169717901944209922112471275730843578444260858300127232628837575
00000014761697179019442099221124712757308435784442608583001272300
00000015741723183120152112229825572871318238754711718983081713100
1921 10C MS FBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1862683485198681374145717621843197021942233250327703124343143505184858886122213736655
213295405635103714021559178918852045220723232592288832263737462863198596131202697638488
00000015591789188520452207232325922888322637374628631985961312000
00000016601816192821192220241326813006332940444906745386041762900
1921 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1552302984507641226130315831658177620092087223323352433262832383730397257291607026327
1802533495559181252139616081697185420352136226723682498283134023811455891761948927643
0000001396160816971854203521362267236824982831340238114558917600
00000014901633173719312061218423012400256330353566389151431262300
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 8293
Owner: Sadler
 
Grade: MS 63 FB
Points: 2985
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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