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: $1.25 (8/18/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1938 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.10 2.10 2.20 3.45 4.00 9.00 10.00 13.00 16.00 19.00 21.00 24.00 27.00 33.00 45.00 80.00 275 850 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 100.00 325 -
1938 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 25.00 28.00 35.00 52.00 135 235 775 4975 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 60.00 165 415 2700 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1126
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: 8/13/2019 1938 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----4-1231414-1101987156188762--577
----------------1-2---3
-----------------1----1
-----------------------
Total----4-1231414-1101987157189782--581
 ----1 %-0 %0 %1 %2 %2 %-0 %2 %3 %15 %27 %33 %13 %0 %-- 
1938 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------71276166215667--549
-------------------1--1
-----------------322--7
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Total-------------712761662186810--557
 -------------1 %2 %14 %30 %39 %12 %2 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/24/2005 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #368, 368/Lot# 5525 $632.50
7/14/2008 NGC MS 66   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 265, 271/Lot# 323 $115.00
11/17/2010 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 2962, 2962/Lot# 1210 $195.50
5/8/2011 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/08/2011, 114/Lot# 8328 $33.00
6/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/05/2011, 119/Lot# 9813 $33.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10638 $322.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20214 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212121628374550678998115123155201330844161721503465
1012121213203140475674921041181341702445011102179525880
0000003140475674921041181341702445011102179500
0000003442486182951091201441862876731359197200
1938 10C MS S Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121212162837455067891021151432094896201433380945566986
1012121213203140475674931061241653025338912225405853660
0000003140475674931061241653025338912225405800
00000034424861829811113418739657611623017430700
1938 10C MS S Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216161616203241505476981151271592275276631514397647467247
13161616172435445161831041191381823275729472335423355800
00000035445161831041191381823275729472335423300
000000384753699110912314820442761812303155448900
1938 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base699991224324145598189102115143183304774153120453314
79991016273542506684931061241562234611026170224680
000000273542506684931061241562234611026170200
000000293844547486981111341702646171279187400
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Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 3809
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 1531
Owner: dusty13
 
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