1945 10C, FB MS66FB

CERTIFICATION#: 05248664
PCGS#: 5057

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: Adolph Alexander Weinman Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 159,130,000 Weight: 2.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

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