About 1921-D Mercury Dimes Full Bands
The 1921-D dime is the second-lowest mintage regular-issue Mercury dime behind the holy grail of Mercury dimes, the coveted 1916-D. With a mintage of just over 1 million, the 1921-D might be a categorical semi-key date in terms of numismatic nomenclature, but in reality it?s a true conditional rarity from the standpoint of Full Bands specimens.
There are only a few hundred specimens across all Mint State grades and fewer than 100 in MS65FB or better. An MS66+FB graded by PCGS and stickered by CAC realized a respectable $50,400 in a 2019 Heritage Auctions sale. Other strong premiums are realistic for similar examples of the 1921-D with Full Bands details.
Unfortunately, one must be extra cautious when buying any rare FB Mercury dimes, including the 1921-D. Some raw examples are altered dates or all-out counterfeits, while others are legitimate 1921-D Mercury dimes that have had the horizontal cross bands on the fasces sculpted by the use of a pen knife or other sharp implement. Buy third-party specimens whenever possible.
|Denom:||10c / Dime|
|Coinage Type:||Winged liberty head (Mercury)|
|Composition:||90% silver; 10% copper|
|Designer:||Adolph A. Weinman|
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