Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,850,000
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 (10/21/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1925 S 10C MS obverse 1925 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1925-S dime is a key entry in the Mercury series, and it just edges out 1925-D as the most poorly made one, too. All seen have been deficient in some respect, regardless of the grade assigned.

Since no 1925 dimes of any mint are fully struck on the obverse, it's likely that the master die was not properly hubbed for that year (A similar problem is found on 1925 nickels of all mints, which never have fully formed dates). In the case of 1925-S dimes, there exists a perfect storm of quality issues, with many coins having been struck from severely worn dies revealing heavy erosion at their peripheries, as well as central weakness.

Collectors building sets from circulation during the 1940s-50s seemingly hoarded all 1925-S dimes they encountered, as the magical S mintmark was routinely associated with scarcity. Well worn examples are thus plentiful, and this issue is not rare below the grade of XF. Mint State survivors are in very limited supply, and even those having Full Bands will likely be weakly struck in one or more other design features.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/13/2017

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1925 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.25 5.00 9.00 19.00 75.00 120 135 150 200 220 270 390 500 850 1425 2600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1925 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 250 350 650 925 1700 3650 7250 31000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 9000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 266
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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11/4/2017 MS 62  Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19475


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11/21/2002 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 6912 $1,092.50
7/2/2003 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1747, 1747/Lot# 1246 $99.00
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 1009 $3,220.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3568 $1,092.50
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30409 $534.63
12/15/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 158098 $176.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1087 $2,800.00
3/19/2017 PCGS MS 62   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131713/Lot# 27871 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1925 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121620378531140945649753966370981510341206164421742941438168811840432772
1317265316034442547051158067874488810911352182124303421521410722231930
0000004254705115806787448881091135218212430342152141072200
0000004404835256226947809611149149819972685390160481456300
1925 10C MS S Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121620378531140945649753966372590813331634226833034499805890072592246620
13172653160344425470511580684786105014331845261337025685837414645328210
00000042547051158068478610501433184526133702568583741464500
00000044048352562270484711911534205729584100687286912028400
1925 10C MS S Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base162024419433643949453457970977496614101724238134534687834793222660847677
17213059175370457507549622731838111415151943273838645907867215084336310
00000045750754962273183811141515194327383864590786721508400
00000047652156466675290212621619216230964276712789972084600
1925 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121632762883814234635026206637649741138155820682807420266301788231971
1013214714731939543647654163469783410291278172823143272501110381225780
0000003954364765416346978341029127817282314327250111038100
0000004094504895816497309041083141818982561373758211413100
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 8058
Owner: PeaveyT40
 
Grade: MS 65 FB
Points: 3303
Owner: GILMORE
 
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