Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,080,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (11/20/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 D 10C MS obverse 1921 D 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue recorded the second lowest mintage of the series and has always been a collector favorite. Thousands of heavily worn examples have survived due to the hoarding that occurred after the arrival of low-priced coin boards in the mid 1930s.

1921-D dimes are noticeably more scarce than their Philadelphia cousins of nearly similar mintage. Mint State survivors are elusive, with gems being quite rare. The percentage of Full Band examples is smaller than for 1921(P), but then 1921-D dimes are less likely to have the extreme peripheral weakness seen on the Philadelphia coins. The specimen illustrated is exceptional in all respects and hardly representative of the typical MS coin.

As with all Denver Mint coins from this period, 1921-D dimes are often seen with die cracks. Since the mintage of this issue was fairly low, the problem doesn't seem to have resulted from overuse of the dies. Instead, a flawed procedure for hardening the dies or machining the collars was the likely culprit.

All 1921-D dimes were coined early in the year, and production of this denomination did not resume at Denver until 1924. Existing stocks of dimes from the boom years of 1917-20 were sufficient to meet circulating demand.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/12/2017

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1921 D 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 120 185 335 660 1025 1125 1325 1450 1500 1600 1725 2400 2950 3600 5250 7250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1825 - - - 5850 - -
1921 D 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 1600 1700 1900 2375 3000 4100 7300 14500 32000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4400 8750 24000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1595
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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9/19/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1633 $1,380.00
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3/5/2017 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131711/Lot# 23230 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 10C MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2203484566299381423167118241918209321612197230823992828312434314072468761971698427647
2633845147321100150617221855197621162173223423382542292732263645427751909793205380
0000001722185519762116217322342338254229273226364542775190979300
00000017731887203521382185227123692685302533293858448256941338800
1921 10C MS D Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2203484566299381423167118241918209321972268236826853009348645126007815389132299538166
26338451473211001506172218551976212822212301247427933168382850106722840613607280520
00000017221855197621282221230124742793316838285010672284061360700
00000017731887203521622244233525792901332741705509743886601830100
1921 10C MS D Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2443754896729971504176219212019220023082381248628143149364247016240844592252362339078
28841355078011661590181519542079223623322416259529263313399552146975870514024287750
00000018151954207922362332241625952926331339955214697587051402400
00000018681986214022722357245127053037347843485727771089651882400
1921 10C MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2013204235868821345158317301821198920872124219722852699298532813902449959651649326942
2413544776851036142416321760187720222099214822262423279430843488410149889474199760
0000001632176018772022209921482226242327943084348841014988947400
00000016811791193320542112217322562561289031823695430054761298400
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 201
Owner: Coin Trader
 
Grade: AG 3
Points: 201
Owner: usmc2000
 
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