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

1945-S 10C Micro S (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

MINTMARK COMPARISON

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
5062
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:
$1,880 • PCGS MS67 CAC • 4-23-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 30,000 R-2.7 58 / 80 TIE 58 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 15,000 R-2.9 71 / 80 TIE 71 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 8,000 R-3.4 71 / 80 TIE 71 / 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  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 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  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
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3 MS67 PCGS grade  
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3 MS67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The mintmark on a 1945-S Micro S Dime is very tiny compared to the "normal" mintmark of 1945 and previous years.  It is an immensely popular variety in the Mercury Head series, and has been since its discovery in 1947.  Because it is so common, collectors at all levels, from beginners to advanced, can enjoy ownership of this variety. 

Based on the PCGS Population Report, over a third of the 1945-S Dimes submitted to PCGS are of the Micro S variety. Of those, only 10-12 percent demonstrate Full Bands.

Gem and Superb non-Full Band examples are readily available up to MS67.  In MS68, this variety is an extreme condition-rarity.  Full Band examples are less available and pricier in grades up to MS67FB, and in MS68FB, it is also supremely rare.