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

1945 10C, FB (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67FB

PCGS MS66FB

PCGS MS66FB
PCGS #:
5057
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
159,130,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$96,000 • PCGS MS67+FB • 1-3-2018 • Heritage Auctions
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400 R-6.2 12 / 80 TIE 12 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 12 / 80 TIE 12 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 18 / 80 TIE 18 / 80 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67FB PCGS grade  
1 MS67FB PCGS grade  
1 MS67FB PCGS grade  
4 MS66FB PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66FB PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67FB PCGS grade  
1 MS67FB PCGS grade  
1 MS67FB PCGS grade  
4 MS66FB PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66FB PCGS grade  
4 MS66FB PCGS grade  
4 MS66FB PCGS grade  
4 MS66FB PCGS grade  
4 MS66FB PCGS grade  
4 MS66FB PCGS grade  
David Hall: I first became aware of the "Full band" situation with Mercury dimes in about 1975. I was at a coin show and the late Tom MacAfee said to me, "I want to show you something very special and teach you something about Mercury dimes." So he pulled out a 1945-P and told me he had just sold it to a customer for $50. Since this was a $2 coin as far as I knew, I was pretty puzzeled. Tom told me to look at the bands on the reverse. He said if I could find another one with full bands he'd pay me $40. And so I started looking for that date and others and soon discovered that some Mercury dimes...1943-D, 1944-D, etc...always come with full bands, and some so-called easy dates in Uncirculated condition are really rare with full bands. By 1976, I had convinced the Coin Dealer Newsletter owner/editor Allen Harriman to list separate full band prices in the CDN and the market soon gained traction. Today, the 1945-P with fully struck crossbands Mercury dime is one of the great condition rarities of numismatics, a Gem non-bands is $20 or so, and a Gem with full bands is a five figure coin.