Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 43,090,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (10/18/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1941 S 10C MS obverse 1941 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint more than doubled its output of dimes in 1941 from the previous year. Examples are plentiful through the grade of MS 67 FB, though Full Bands coins form a minority of the overall survivorship.

The usual Small S mintmark of 1917-40 (photos) is seen on most 1941-S dimes, but a new and larger S debuted this year. It is popularly called the Trumpet Tail for its broad lower serif that resembles the flared bell of a trumpet. Circulated examples of this mintmark are not rare, but Mint State pieces are scarce enough to command a premium.

Several repunched mintmark (RPM) varieties are known, all but one involving the Small S. The better of these will be attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/19/2017

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1941 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.10 3.25 3.85 4.00 4.10 4.25 7.00 8.50 11.00 13.00 19.00 31.00 45.00 125 800 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 275 -
1941 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 9.50 11.50 13.00 16.00 26.00 47.00 70.00 275 7700 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 55.00 85.00 550 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4948
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 NGC MS 67   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 299 $403.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 748 $31.05
6/5/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27062, 27062/Lot# 13348 $27.00
2/28/2011 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 3022, 3022/Lot# 1402 $41.00
3/17/2011 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 7850 $322.00
2/19/2012 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 38192 $46.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20225 $18.80
7/3/2016 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131628/Lot# 23242 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1941 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212121212161616162837455485139201471158916972517
101212121212131616162031404864103160291844162519700
000000131616162031404864103160291844162500
0000001516161624344251751211803811216166100
1941 10C MS S Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91212121212121616161637455063106190272774461750765568
1012121212121316161623404754771342174392055477052400
0000001316161623404754771342174392055477000
0000001516161630424859921622456073336492300
1941 10C MS S Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121616161616162020202041505472119209295844481052835789
1316161616161720202027445160881492384782166496854520
0000001720202027445160881492384782166496800
00000019202020344753661031792666613488512500
1941 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6999999121212122432415076127183437150516092399
79999910121212162735445993146268793154018720
00000010121212162735445993146268793154000
0000001112121220293847671101643521149157400
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Grade: MS 68 FB PL
Points: 4810
Owner: Kaiser141
 
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 2055
Owner: Clay
 
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