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    Superb Gem Full Bands 1931-S Dime

    1931-S 10C MS67 Full Bands PCGS. CAC. Compared to the low-mintage Mercury dime issues of the 1920s, those of the 1930s are more accessible in better grades. Paul M. Green, in an "Item of the Week" column published September 30, 2008, explains that coin collecting as a hobby took off during the Great Depression; Green cites innovations like albums and coin holders, as well as promotions by dealers such as B. Max Mehl and the beneficiaries of various classic commemoratives. He continues:

    "Grading service totals make it readily apparent that there was an enormous increase in the saving of new issues starting in the 1930s. That explains why assorted dates from the 1930s are not as expensive as we might expect, especially in Mint State.
    This is true with the 1931-S Mercury dime, but slightly less so than in other low mintages from the 1930s."

    Despite the increased availability relative to the 1920s, Green calls the 1931-S "legitimately tough" in Gem Full Bands, and at the Superb Gem level with the same detail, the date is a condition rarity. This is a marvelous example with satiny luster that blossoms beneath a light layer of green-gold patina. Liberty's portrait is exquisitely detailed, and the central bands on the reverse have an unbroken separation line. Carefully preserved with vibrant eye appeal, yet another great coin in the collection. Population: 5 in 67 Full Bands, 0 finer (6/10).
    Ex: The William Dominick Collection (Heritage, 4/2001), lot 6249.
    From The Joshua II Collection of Mercury Dimes, #1 All-Time Finest PCGS Registry Set.(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23J9, PCGS# 4987)

    Weight: 2.49 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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