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1939 S Mercury Dime

Hello everyone,

While I don’t post on here as much as I would like. Life has taken some twists and turns as of lately. I am still an avid Mercury Dime collector. I bought my first coin in what felt like months yesterday, and I’m very pleased. Curious if someone could explain to me why the 1939 S Mercury Dime is more difficult? Here is a picture of the one I just added to my collection.

Cheers, and Happy New Year everyone.



  • ShaunBC5ShaunBC5 Posts: 1,548 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A mintage of about 10.5M is fairly low. 39P is like 67M.
    Beyond that I’ll have look in a book that’s in another room. I’ll get to it if nobody responds with better (sorry for the laziness).

  • ShaunBC5ShaunBC5 Posts: 1,548 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like it’s fairly low mintage and weak San Francisco strikes. As per Mega Red, “Full Bands coins represent a small percentage of Mint State coins and sell at a particularly sharp multiplier...quite a contrast to the 1939-D.”
    Love the Mercs. Nice pick up.

  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,343 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good looking pickup Jeff ... looks clean for a 64, and the bands look there. The 39-S is a striking anomaly, similar to other dates in the series that typically don't come fully stuck up. While well struck, non-FB coins are out there, and decent strikes can be had fairly regularly, true FB's are a much tougher prospect.

    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a very, very nice '39S Merc.....Congratulations on an excellent acquisition. Cheers, RickO

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Based on those photos it looks undergraded by current standards.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • remumcremumc Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭

    True FB 39-S Mercs are very scarce. So much so, that they they receive a 3 point FB bonus in the FB sets, whereas the majority of Mercs get only 2 points. Yours is a nice example, & I agree, it looks under graded.



  • LeeBoneLeeBone Posts: 4,206 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great score especially in the OGH. B)

    Tougher FB on this Date/MM.

    I looked for an MS64FB in our hosts slab of this one for probably 3 yrs or more before I was able to locate one. I didn't want to shell out the substantial amount of money more for the 65FB grade... (They are easier to find from what I see.)
    Then off to the Bean Factory for the added bonus. :)

  • fcloudfcloud Posts: 12,133 ✭✭✭✭

    The 39-S is tougher than one would think. When I put my set together many years ago that date gave me some headaches before I found one I liked. I chose a 64FB, too.

    President, Racine Numismatic Society 2013-2014; Variety Resource Dimes; See 6/8/12 CDN for my article on Winged Liberty Dimes; Ebay

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