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: $1.64 (11/28/2020)
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: 10/9/2020

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1938 D 10C MS
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Base $ 3.00 3.15 3.25 4.50 5.00 9.00 10.50 12.00 15.00 18.00 20.00 20.00 23.00 27.00 37.00 65.00 185 1200 - -
$ - - - - 15.50 - - - - - - 80.00 300 -
1938 D 10C MS FB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 24.00 27.00 32.00 45.00 70.00 100.00 275 3750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 80.00 140 925 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2242
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1938 D 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-132312--532390128442--317
-----------------11---2
-----------------22---4
-----------------------
Total----1-132312--532390131472--323
 ----0%-0%1%1%1%4%--2%1%7%28%41%15%1%-- 
1938 D 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3-23221656298852079--1925
----------------41251--22
----------------3128---23
-----------------11---2
Total----------3-232216563691022110--1972
 ----------0%-0%0%1%8%32%46%11%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121216202837455059768189102123167278721108420383191
1012121317233140475365788493109138204426842140224223351
0000003140475365788493109138204426842140200
0000003442485670798698116152241573963172000
1938 D 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212162028374550598998111131183272366754351638914121
1012121317233140475369921021181482133034951675364139684327
0000003140475369921021181482133034951675364100
0000003442485679951071241662423356252595376600
1938 D 10C MS FBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616162024324150546798106123143201295395804367340614297
13161617212735445158771011121301622323285311760380241404512
00000035445158771011121301622323285311760380200
00000038475363881031171361822643626682717393200
1938 D 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69991216243241455467728194111151255674102119363050
7991013192735424858697585100124186395790132623073203
0000002735424858697585100124186395790132600
0000002938445163707890105138220534905163100
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Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 3516
Owner: Sadler
 
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1675
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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