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SERIES: Mercury Dimes 1916-1945
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1921 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
4934
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,230,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$3,960 • BU • 6-1-2000 • Sotheby's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 1 / 80 1 / 80
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 2 / 80 2 / 80
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 80 TIE 5 / 80 TIE
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1 MS64 PCGS grade  
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1 MS64 PCGS grade  
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1 MS64 PCGS grade  
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1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
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9 MS63 PCGS grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade  

Jaime Hernandez: The 1921 Mercury Dime is a semi key-date in the Mercury Dime series. Only the 1916-D and the 1921-D Mercury Dimes have lower mintages. There are two major factors that contributed to the low mintage of the 1921 Dime.

First, there was a coin recession during that time, which kept the demand low for circulating dimes. Second, the Mint was primarily focused on producing Silver Dollars this year, producing them in large numbers and in the end it affected the production of some of the smaller coins, with the 1921-P Mercury Dime being one of them.