Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 7,400,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.20 (6/22/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1928 S 10C MS obverse 1928 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is one of the more available San Francisco Mint dimes of the 1920s, only 1929-S being more common. Most are less than fully struck, however, and coins certified as Full Bands are distinctly in the minority. Circulated pieces are reasonably common through grade XF, probably as a result of the hoarding experienced for all S-Mint coins of this decade.

Two sizes of mintmark were applied to reverse dies for this issue. The usual, Small S mintmark is by far the more common, while the Large S variety (photos) is very scarce. Study of its rarity is still ongoing, but it now seems that fewer than 5% of 1928-S dimes bear the Large S, which was not used at all for any other date in this series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/14/2017

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1928 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 4.00 4.75 7.00 23.00 47.00 53.00 65.00 100.00 135 155 225 320 375 440 700 1800 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 240 - 390 - - - -
1928 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 150 185 290 460 775 2200 4550 29000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 950 2500 7750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 374
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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8/18/2004 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 5799 $1,495.00
3/15/2007 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 546 $3,737.50
5/14/2007 NGC MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 637 $1,495.00
7/25/2010 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2894, 2894/Lot# 1500 $44.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1333 $1,322.50
9/16/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131239/Lot# 24647 $176.25
10/14/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/14/2012, 44/Lot# 78812 $148.50
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7631 $246.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1928 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121624941431902122553664635156748569491051139323353467904716135
10121319471101591972262923984805687358879831165170727125327114100
000000159197226292398480568735887983116517072712532700
0000001742052413294314986217959181017127920213090718700
1928 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616202810215520923027839549755172191110101115147224513622936216619
131617235312017321624631742951560878494410451234179828415535117810
0000001732162463174295156087849441045123417982841553500
0000001912232623564635336648489771080135321253232744900
1928 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12161620281021552092302783955025868021081147725853657785982791595528669
13161723531201732162463174315306588951213184629425058799910838201930
000000173216246317431530658895121318462942505879991083800
000000191223262356466558730988134522163300645881391339600
1928 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202024321151712272513014265396298541146156127103819814485741643529407
17202127601341902352683434645697049511284194430805261828711194207590
000000190235268343464569704951128419443080526182871119400
0000002082432843845015997791049142323273449670284311381500
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