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SERIES: Mercury Dimes 1936-1942
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1942 10C (Proof)

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PCGS PR69

PCGS PR68+

PCGS PR68+
PCGS #:
5077
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
22,329
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$37,600 • PCGS PR69 • 6-7-2015 • 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 19,000 R-2.8 7 / 7 7 / 7
60 or Better 18,950 R-2.8 7 / 7 7 / 7
65 or Better 12,000 R-2.9 7 / 7 7 / 7
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2015:3882, $37,600

2 PR68+ PCGS grade
2 PR68+ PCGS grade  
4 PR68 PCGS grade
4 PR68 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2015:3882, $37,600

2 PR68+ PCGS grade
2 PR68+ PCGS grade  
4 PR68 PCGS grade
4 PR68 PCGS grade
4 PR68 PCGS grade
4 PR68 PCGS grade  
4 PR68 PCGS grade  
4 PR68 PCGS grade  
4 PR68 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The Proof 1942 Dime boasts a tiny mintage and it is the last Proof Dime of the Mercury Head series and the last Proof Dime until coinage of these special coins resumed in 1950.  Large quantities of these Proofs are available for collectors (PCGS alone has certified obver 5,700 examples alone as of June 2015) in a wide variety of grades.  PR64 to PR67 examples are plentiful and affordable. In PR68, this dates becomes rare.  In April 2015, PCGS graded a PR69 1942 Dime, one of the most incredible survivors of this date -- the coin has monster toning and killer eye appeal (to use popular numismatic vernacular). 

No Cameo or Deep Cameo examples exist and any coins offered as such should be examined carefully for doctoring.