Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,090,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.69 (11/24/2020)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1938 S 10C MS obverse 1938 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As with Denver's dime coinage for 1938, this was the last San Francisco issue to have a mintage below 10 million pieces. Even so, the widespread practice of saving BU rolls was well in place by 1938, and there's no shortage of Mint State 1938-S dimes.

This issue varies widely in striking quality, so collectors will want to shop around. Full Bands examples are in the minority, but they are more likely to be submitted for grading, and this accounts for the certified population below.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 10/9/2020

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1938 S 10C MS
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Base $ 3.00 3.25 3.35 4.50 4.25 9.00 11.00 12.00 14.50 20.00 22.00 25.00 28.00 35.00 45.00 80.00 225 725 - -
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1938 S 10C MS FB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 25.00 28.00 35.00 52.00 115 200 700 4250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 60.00 150 400 2150 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1159
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 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----5-2231615-2112192160191752--597
----------------1-2---3
-----------------1----1
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Total----5-2231615-2112192161192772--601
 ----1%-0%0%0%3%2%-0%2%3%15%27%32%13%0%-- 
1938 S 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------81278171219677--562
-----------------1-1--2
-----------------322--7
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Total-------------812781712236910--571
 -------------1%2%14%30%39%12%2%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212121628374550678998115123155201330844161721503465
1012121213203140475674921041181341702445011102179525883638
0000003140475674921041181341702445011102179500
0000003442486182951091201441862876731359197200
1938 S 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121212162837455067891021151432094896201433380945566986
1012121213203140475674931061241653025338912225405853667335
0000003140475674931061241653025338912225405800
00000034424861829811113418739657611623017430700
1938 S 10C MS FBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216161616203241505476981151271592275276631514397647467247
13161616172435445161831041191381823275729472335423355807609
00000035445161831041191381823275729472335423300
000000384753699110912314820442761812303155448900
1938 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base699991224324145598189102115143183304774153120453314
79991016273542506684931061241562234611026170224683480
000000273542506684931061241562234611026170200
000000293844547486981111341702646171279187400
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Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 4058
Owner: Sadler
 
Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 3809
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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