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

1945-S 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

MINTMARK COMPARISON

PCGS MS68
PCGS #:
5060
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
41,920,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$1,380 • NGC MS69 • 3-8-2001 • Superior Galleries
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 45,000 R-2.5 71 / 80 TIE 71 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 20,000 R-2.8 76 / 80 TIE 76 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 10,000 R-3.0 75 / 80 TIE 75 / 80 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
1 MS68 estimated grade  
1 MS68 estimated grade  
1 MS68 estimated grade  
5 MS67+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
1 MS68 estimated grade  
1 MS68 estimated grade  
1 MS68 estimated grade  
5 MS67+ PCGS grade
6 MS67 PCGS grade
6 MS67 PCGS grade
6 MS67 PCGS grade  
6 MS67 PCGS grade  
6 MS67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1945, the San Francisco Mint produced Dimes with either normal-sized or small-sized mintmarks.  The smaller of the two mintmarks is so tiny that it became known as the Micro-S variety.  The normal-sized mintmark appears to be the more common of the two varieties, although neither one is scarce.  Both are readily available in Mint State, with or without Full Bands, though the 1945-S Micro S is a bit tougher to find with Full Bands.  According to the PCGS Population Report (as of April 2012), the following are the finest certified examples known to exist at present:

1945-S: 1 in PCGS MS68
1945-S Full Bands: 3 in PCGS MS68FB
1945-S Micro S: 1 in PCGS MS68
1945-S Micro S Full Bands: 2 in PCGS MS68FB