Lot Number:29
Start Time:5/23/2024 4:00:00 AM
End Time:6/9/2024 10:17:00 PM
Bid Count:14
Winning Bidder:R****8
Starting Bid:$1.00
Bid Increment:$2.50
Current Bid:$28.50
Bidding complete

You're absolutely right! The 1921 Mercury Dime is indeed a key date for coin collectors, particularly in higher grades. Here's why:

  • Low Mintage: Compared to other Mercury Dimes minted throughout the series (1916-1945), the 1921 issue has a significantly lower mintage. This scarcity adds to its collectability and value.

  • Two Varieties: There are two recognized varieties for the 1921 Mercury Dime:

    • Full Bands: This is the more common variety, where the horizontal lines across Liberty's head (her diadem) are fully formed.
    • Weak Knees: This less common variety features faint or "weak" definition on the vertical lines of Liberty's knees in the reverse design. "Weak Knees" 1921 Mercury Dimes are generally more valuable than the "Full Bands" variety.

Condition Matters Most:

While the key date designation enhances its collectability, a 1921 Mercury Dime's value ultimately hinges on its condition. Professional grading services like PCGS or NGC assign a grade using the Sheldon Coin Grading Scale, ranging from Poor (heavily worn) to Mint State (MS) for uncirculated specimens. Here's a general idea of how condition affects value:

  • Circulated Grades (VG - XF): $10 - $75 (common range for worn examples)
  • Uncirculated Grades (MS60 - MS63): $200 - $400 (typical range for uncirculated condition)
  • Gem Uncirculated Grades (MS64+): Prices can rise significantly for exceptionally well-preserved specimens, potentially reaching $1,000 or even higher, especially for the "Weak Knees" variety.

Refining the Value Estimation:

To get a more accurate sense of value for your specific 1921 Mercury Dime, consider these additional factors:

  • Variety: Identifying the variety ("Full Bands" or "Weak Knees") can significantly impact value. The "Weak Knees" variety is scarcer and generally commands a premium.
  • Grading: Professional grading by PCGS or NGC establishes authenticity, assigns an accurate grade, and influences market value.
  • Eye Appeal: Even within the same grade, a coin's surface quality, luster, and strike can influence value. A coin with exceptional eye appeal (minimal contact marks or blemishes) might fetch a higher price than one with more noticeable flaws.
  • Market Fluctuations: The coin market can fluctuate based on economic trends and overall demand for specific coins.


  • Variety Check: Look for online resources or consult a numismatist to identify the variety of your 1921 Mercury Dime.
  • Consider Professional Grading: For a more precise valuation, consider submitting your coin to a reputable grading service like PCGS or NGC. This will authenticate the coin, determine the variety (if applicable), and assign an accurate grade that reflects its condition.
  • Market Research: Once graded, you can research similar graded and variety-matched 1921 Mercury Dimes that have recently sold at auctions or through reputable coin dealers. This will give you a better idea of current market prices for coins in similar condition.

By considering these factors and conducting further research, you can gain a deeper understanding of the potential value of your key date 1921 Mercury Dime.

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