Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 5,537,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.26 (11/18/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1938 D 10C MS obverse 1938 D 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was the final issue of Mercury Dimes to have a mintage of under ten million. For that reason it was always a little scarce in circulation, but enough rolls were saved that Mint State pieces are plentiful. Most of these coins display good luster and good to full strikes. From 1937 through the end of the series in 1945 Denver Mint coins always provide the highest percentage of Full Bands pieces.

A single repunched mintmark variety is known for 1938-D, and it's a pleasing one.

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Last Updated: 4/18/2017

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1938 D 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.80 2.90 3.10 3.50 4.50 9.00 10.50 11.50 13.50 17.00 18.00 20.00 23.00 27.00 37.00 65.00 225 - - -
$ - - - - 14.50 - - - - - - 80.00 300 -
1938 D 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 24.00 27.00 32.00 45.00 70.00 100.00 265 4175 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 140 1150 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1853
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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7/16/2000 NGC MS 66   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 1333, 1333/Lot# 1109 $45.78
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 68   Full Bands Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3614 $3,450.00
8/18/2013 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 132486 $69.44
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 488 $38.00
6/28/2015 PCGS   Full Bands Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20408 $5.88
8/27/2017 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131736/Lot# 21106 $204.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 10C MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121216202837455059768189102123167278721108420383191
1012121317233140475365788493109138204426842140224220
0000003140475365788493109138204426842140200
0000003442485670798698116152241573963172000
1938 10C MS D Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212162028374550598998111131183272366754351638914121
1012121317233140475369921021181482133034951675364139680
0000003140475369921021181482133034951675364100
0000003442485679951071241662423356252595376600
1938 10C MS D Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616162024324150546798106123143201295395804367340614297
13161617212735445158771011121301622323285311760380241400
00000035445158771011121301622323285311760380200
00000038475363881031171361822643626682717393200
1938 10C MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69991216243241455467728194111151255674102119363050
7991013192735424858697585100124186395790132623070
0000002735424858697585100124186395790132600
0000002938445163707890105138220534905163100
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1675
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1675
Owner: Srotag
 
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