Description and Analysis

Mercury Dimes
1942/41 10C MS

Description & Analysis

This extremely popular variety was discovered and announced in 1943, yet precious few have survived in Mint State. The vigorous wartime economy meant that coins went into circulation within weeks or even days of striking, and the only unworn survivors are those found by chance within rolls that were set aside during 1942.

An obverse working die was hubbed twice, with annealing between each impression, the normal practice of the time. What set this particular die apart was that one impression was from a 1941-dated hub and the other from a hub dated 1942, the two dates overlapping in the die.

Gems of this variety are quite rare, and examples in any grade carry significant premiums. The inclusion of this variety within popular coin albums during the 1960s forever cemented its lasting appeal.