Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Catalog: KM-140
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.30 (4/30/2016)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1945 S MICRO S 10C MS obverse 1945 S MICRO S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Micro S mintmark, unique to 1945 within the Mercury series, is not rare but is very popular with collectors. It was almost certainly an error to utilize this punch in preparing dime dies, yet several such dies were employed during 1945. This mintmark was prepared in 1907 for identifying coins struck at the San Francisco Mint that bore designs unique to the Philippine Islands. The 1945-S dime is the only regular issue type known to have been coined with this tiny letter S.

Though examples are fairly plentiful in grades as high as MS 66, the certified population drops off quickly above that level. Since 1945-S dimes of all varieties are poorly struck in most instances, the Micro S issue is exceedingly rare with Full Bands.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/10/2015

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1945 S MICRO S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.75 7.00 15.00 20.00 22.00 25.00 32.00 33.00 38.00 50.00 100.00 170 540 2400 - -
$ - - - 24.00 28.00 - - 40.00 60.00 115 225 800 -
1945 S MICRO S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 37.00 45.00 75.00 210 750 1650 7650 22000 - -
$ - - - - - - 50.00 95.00 300 1125 2150 9600 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1093
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69


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2/7/1996 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0813, 813/Lot# 335 $39.24
3/5/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 129, 134/Lot# 717 $117.30
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 336 $109.25
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24524 $64.63
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3636 $1,292.50
2/16/2014 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171261 $341.00
2/23/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131409/Lot# 26654 $123.38
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 3781 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1945 S MICRO S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base999912162854818589106115123131223336471949264829545103
99910132036638286941091171251612603816301515275036700
00000036638286941091171251612603816301515275000
000000457283871001121201281922984267892081285200
1945 S MICRO S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333394102258381806158328205310
333333333333333961542995221065199536500
000000333333333961542995221065199500
000000333333363992063406641324240700
1945 S MICRO S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9999121628598589981231231632586151393195337406745735117804
999101320386786921061231361943778741579254847416947108350
00000038678692106123136194377874157925484741694700
000000487687951141231492264961133176631445743714900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 949
Owner: Clay
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 949
Owner: Jack Henslee
 
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