Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 41,920,000
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 (9/22/2017)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1945 S 10C MS obverse 1945 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue was widely hoarded, and Mint State survivors are quite plentiful. For some reason, 1945-S dimes are among the ones most often seen with splendid, multicolor toning. Gems are readily available, yet the percentage of fully struck survivors is extremely small. While Full Bands is not the only measure of strike quality, the NGC Census reveals how few pieces have achieved this designation.

Three mintmark styles are found for 1945-S dimes. The Knob-Tail S used for the majority of 1944-S dimes is also the most common this year. The Trumpet-Tail S used previously in 1941-43 is the rarest of the three. Details of the final mintmark style may be found in the following entry.

Several RPMs are known for 1945-S dimes.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/20/2017

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1945 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.10 3.25 3.85 4.00 4.10 4.25 6.00 7.50 9.00 14.00 23.00 28.00 38.00 200 1050 1650 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 25.00 31.00 50.00 550 -
1945 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 9.00 12.50 16.00 23.00 35.00 110 170 550 13750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 40.00 - 275 2750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6648
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/15/1997 NGC MS 68   Teletrade Auction 1006, 1006/Lot# 1282 $70.85
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2007 $127.00
2/12/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 126, 131/Lot# 517 $18.40
12/18/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131152/Lot# 26237 $22.00
2/28/2012 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2153 $385.25
6/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 115909 $16.00
3/20/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131613/Lot# 29592 $94.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1945 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69999912121212122028325494115155620175322333273
7999910121212121523293967101128310998191325800
000000121212121523293967101128310998191300
0000001212121217253147811081424651375207300
1945 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91212121212161616161624323759102127167663185623453422
1012121212131616161619273444731101403321061201927040
0000001616161619273444731101403321061201900
0000001616161621293552881191544981458218200
1945 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121212121616161616325063941433955511206587964277012
10121212121316161616213854731102274477692764606266220
00000016161616213854731102274477692764606200
00000016161616274459841273114999884321624400
1945 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12161616161620202020203754721021594265911278610966737274
13161616161720202020264360821212484818202888629768730
00000020202020264360821212484818202888629700
000000202020203148669214033753610494499648500
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Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 5879
Owner: G.M.Chow Collection
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 1913
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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