Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 49,300,000
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 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1942 S 10C MS obverse 1942 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue had a generous, wartime mintage, and the practice of collectors saving fresh rolls was well established by 1942, so Mint State examples are plentiful. Most are a bit weakly struck in their centers, with Full Bands specimens being in the minority.

Like most S-Mint coins from the 1940s this issue is sometimes found with brilliant fields from aggressive polishing of the dies to remove flaws. Typically, the brilliant areas do not include the entire field on both sides, so few of these qualify for the certified designation of PL (prooflike).

Two styles of S mintmark were employed this year. The Trumpet Tail S of 1941 was carried over for most 1942-S dimes, but a new, Large S similar to that used briefly in 1928 is also found in numbers sufficient to not be rare. Several RPM varieties are known for this issue, all but one of them displaying the Trumpet Tail S. The Wexler/Flynn book illustrates an extremely minor DDR variety, too.

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Last Updated: 4/19/2017

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1942 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.10 3.25 3.85 4.00 4.10 4.25 7.50 9.50 12.50 17.00 25.00 34.00 42.00 135 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 37.00 52.00 200 -
1942 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 10.00 13.50 17.00 25.00 38.00 125 195 450 13700 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 - 390 2950 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2018
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1960 $437.00
8/1/2004 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 1916, 1916/Lot# 1274 $88.00
3/20/2006 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 79, 84/Lot# 365 $87.40
1/16/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #27014, 27014/Lot# 13478 $29.00
12/20/2009 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 2786, 2786/Lot# 1404 $368.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/27/2012, 24/Lot# 47091 $31.00
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188389 $12.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20229 $70.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212121212161616163241547611515118649786116782614
101212121212131616162135456189127163290618113319900
000000131616162135456189127163290618113300
0000001516161627385069102139174393740140600
1942 10C MS S Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212121212161616163754671021554376091066587164187834
10121212121213161616234358791202494947612668605368900
00000013161616234358791202494947612668605300
00000015161616304863901373435529144269623600
1942 10C MS S Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12161616161616202020204159761151714716531131610066638118
13161616161617202020274765891342715328122787628871480
00000017202020274765891342715328122787628800
000000192020203453701021523715929724444647500
1942 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6999999121212122837506710213917146380915912492
799999101212121731415679114150268578107018910
000000101212121731415679114150268578107000
000000111212122334466190127160366694133000
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1066
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1066
Owner: Clay
 
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