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: $1.64 (11/29/2020)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 10/9/2020

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1942 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.00 3.25 3.35 3.45 3.50 3.65 3.75 5.00 5.50 7.50 11.00 14.00 17.00 25.00 35.00 40.00 110 500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 37.00 50.00 200 -
1942 S 10C MS FB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 10.00 13.50 17.00 25.00 40.00 110 195 385 9750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 50.00 - 325 2450 -
1942 S 10C MS FBP
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 300 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2429
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: 11/24/2020 1942 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--341658562344-731391574356582323--1676
---------------3278---20
----------------122---5
-----------------11---2
Total--341658562344-731391604386682433--1703
 --0%0%1%0%0%0%0%1%3%-0%2%2%9%26%39%14%0%-- 
1942 S 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-169622343191067--745
--------------11-3----5
-----------------45---9
-----------------------
Total----------1-1610632343261117--759
 ----------0%-0%1%1%8%31%43%15%1%-- 
1942 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------11--2---4
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Total--------------11--2---4
 --------------25%25%--50%--- 
1942 S 10C MS FBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------112---4
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Total----------------112---4
 ----------------25%25%50%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212121212161616163241547611515118649786116782614
101212121212131616162135456189127163290618113319902745
000000131616162135456189127163290618113300
0000001516161627385069102139174393740140600
1942 S 10C MS FB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121212121212161616163754671021554376091066587164187834
10121212121213161616234358791202494947612668605368908226
00000013161616234358791202494947612668605300
00000015161616304863901373435529144269623600
1942 S 10C MS FBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12161616161616202020204159761151714716531131610066638118
13161616161617202020274765891342715328122787628871488524
00000017202020274765891342715328122787628800
000000192020203453701021523715929724444647500
1942 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6999999121212122837506710213917146380915912492
799999101212121731415679114150268578107018912617
000000101212121731415679114150268578107000
000000111212122334466190127160366694133000
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Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 5871
Owner: Sadler
 
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1066
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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