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

1942/1 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5036
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,200 • PCGS MS66 • 1-28-2004 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,500 R-4.3 9 / 80 TIE 9 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 8 / 80 TIE 8 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 7 / 80 TIE 7 / 80 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2009:454

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Charles Richman Collection - Goldbergs 1/2011:1344, $21,600

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2009:454

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Charles Richman Collection - Goldbergs 1/2011:1344, $21,600

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2011:7092, $13,800

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1942 over 1 Dime is one of the most popular and recognizable of all U.S. coin varieties, and for decades, dealers and collectors have touted it as a great, valuable variety.  The truth is that it is not rare at all, not even scarce, and can be called common based on the high number of pieces in the PCGS Population Report.  However, this statement only holds true for circulated examples because, in Mint State, the 1942/1 Dime is the rarest of all the Mint State Mercury Head Dimes, easily beating out other recognized rarities such as the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and 1942/1-D. According to the December 2011 Population Report, PCGS has certified 95 Mint State 1942/1 Dimes, split almost down the middle between non-Full Bands and Full Bands (with the non-Full Bands holding a slight edge).  The finest examples appear at the MS-66 level, where PCGS has certified 6 non-Full Bands and 3 Full Bands.

Warning - collectors should beware of altered dates.  If the date on a potential purchase does not match the image shown above, pass.