Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,440,000
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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1923 S 10C MS obverse 1923 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The fairly high mintage of dimes at the San Francisco Mint in 1920 was sufficient to meet the needs of commerce in the West throughout the recession years of 1921-22. Indeed, it was not until the second half of 1923 that production resumed, and that year's total was less than half the number coined in 1920.

1923-S dimes were hoarded from circulation as a semi-key date during the 1930s-50s, but such coins were almost invariably worn down to Very Good or lower. Uncleaned, problem-free examples grading Fine and higher are elusive, and Mint State survivors are very scarce. Few of these coins will display Full Bands. The decade of the 1920s was a time of austerity at the three mints, and dies were used far too long, producing poorly struck coins with many blurred or missing details.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1923 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.25 4.50 13.00 24.00 75.00 100.00 120 135 180 210 275 370 440 730 1310 2450 5375 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 475 730 1430 3000 - -
1923 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 275 300 350 650 1100 1880 6000 25000 47500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3250 8750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 354
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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: 10/22/2019 1923 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12-210710561931-12332950144----235
------------------1---1
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Total12-210710561931-123329501441---236
 0 %1 %-1 %4 %3 %4 %2 %3 %8 %13 %-5 %14 %12 %21 %6 %2 %0 %--- 
1923 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------11116281731141----119
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---------------1------1
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Total----------11116281732141----120
 ----------9 %1 %13 %23 %14 %27 %12 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/12/1999 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 5882 $1,092.50
12/8/1999 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1245, 1245/Lot# 1199 $681.25
7/26/2003 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6670 $21,850.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands, Prooflike Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 666 $6,325.00
2/12/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 28784 $115.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2121 $1,897.50
12/16/2012 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 730, 739/Lot# 2043 $5,850.00
12/5/2018 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131850/Lot# 23135 $79.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162441852953483954394975916617749931124144220512857414045891362624129
131930561553133644104585286146998471037123016452320328542907601171270
000000364410458528614699847103712301645232032854290760100
0000003794244785606387369201080133618482588371244391061400
1923 10C MS S Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121624418529534839543949782087494913331865244842466820941598542808750637
13193056155313364410458605838899107715102059304751047685956115932356040
00000036441045860583889910771510205930475104768595611593200
00000037942447871285692412051688225436475962855097082200900
1923 10C MS S Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202845943203754264715348749301010141019632569442770779740101902881551761
17233461169338392441492647893957114315942165318853107965989016398364640
00000039244149264789395711431594216531885310796598901639800
000000409456513761911983127717792367380861948852100402260700
1923 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9122037762723203664094635515977259331059136319492727396844031320923491
10152650141288335380427492566640794975116015582208314141137338166360
00000033538042749256664079497511601558220831414113733800
0000003513954455225826828641017126217542468355442581027400
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