Expert Comments

Ron Guth

With a mintage of over 19 million coins, the 1912 Dimes is one of the most common of the series and one of the best choices for type collectors.  It is common in all grades.  PCGS alone has graded over 900 Mint State examples, mostly in a range from MS62 to MS65 inclusive.  Gem examples are common through MS66.  In MS67, the population of 1912 Dimes drops off a cliff, with fewer than a dozen certified by PCGS -- and none finer.

Two of the nicest 1912 Dimes are both PCGS MS67+.  The first has amazing, multicolored toning; the second is a mostly white example from the Lily Nicole Collection.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
19349300
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
1324
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 40000 R-2.6 64 / 76 TIE 64 / 76 TIE
All Grades 3000 R-4.4 71 / 76 TIE 71 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 73 / 76 TIE 73 / 76 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3967, $3,760 - Heritage 1/2016:3814, $3,525 - “Jinx86” Collection

1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

“NiceDimes” Collection

3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:123, $3,878

3 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:16167, $3,290

3 MS67 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2017:150, $2,938