Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,540,000
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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1939 S 10C MS obverse 1939 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

While not truly rare, 1939-S is one of the keys to completing the "long, short set" of 1934-45 Mercury Dimes. Mint State examples seem to have survived in smaller quantity than other issues of the period. On top of that, very few of those seen have Full Bands. On the plus side, 1939-S dimes, like most S-Mint dimes of the late 1930s through 1945, are sometimes found prooflike to varying degrees. The coin illustrated reveals this quality nicely.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1939 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.70 4.70 9.50 11.00 12.50 17.00 20.00 21.50 25.00 35.00 45.00 58.00 80.00 290 800 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 50.00 65.00 135 550 -
1939 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 29.00 40.00 90.00 225 770 1150 3500 14500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 1350 4600 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 928
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing VG series, F series, 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 1939 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2211-341119131522104202310138---838
-------------------1--1
-----------------11---2
------------------1---1
Total--2211-3411191315221042023111401--842
 --0 %0 %0 %0 %-0 %0 %1 %2 %0 %0 %2 %3 %12 %24 %37 %17 %0 %-- 
1939 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-212728121--90
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Total-------------1-212728121--90
 -------------1 %-23 %30 %31 %13 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/15/1999 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1143, 1143/Lot# 1323 $39.24
3/21/2000 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20034, 20034/Lot# 4268 $2,900.00
2/5/2005 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65022, 65022/Lot# 23346 $2,630.05
10/1/2007 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 182, 188/Lot# 268 $49.45
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1014 $2,472.50
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 87852 $616.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20217 $14.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212162028414550678194102155201248378741158925434159
101212131723324247567285971201702172914991024190730820
000000324247567285971201702172914991024190700
000000374448617690991371862323356201306222500
1939 10C MS S Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121216202841455067941191633365861466182131266007656314650
1012121317233242475676102134221419879158422564086619292590
0000003242475676102134221419879158422564086619200
00000037444861851111482785031173170326915047637800
1939 10C MS S Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12161616202432455054761021271793636271549191832706240681215100
1316161721273647516185110144240451934167223694260643195750
0000003647516185110144240451934167223694260643100
00000041485369931191623025391242179528195250662100
1939 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base699912162437414559728594143183230351695150524233987
79910131928384250637688110156199270466965181129440
00000028384250637688110156199270466965181100
000000334044546881911271702143115801235211700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 695
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 695
Owner: Clay
 
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