How Much is a 1945 Mercury Dime Worth? (Price Chart)

1945 was the last year in the production era of Mercury dimes. Those coins contained 90% silver of their total composition, while the other 10% was copper.

Three mints produced them, but the Philadelphia mint made around 62% of the total 240,665,000 minted pieces. If you are a dedicated collector, it is crucial to look for full bands when purchasing, significantly affecting the 1945 Mercury dime value.

 

1945 Mercury Dime History

1945 Mercury Dime History
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For the amateurs and non-collectors, the Mercury dime has quite an unknown design, but this coin has a solid familiarity when you ask collectors. It stands to be one of the most beautiful dimes made in American history with rich front and backside plans.

Adolph Weinman was in charge of designing this coin back in 1915 and he created a beautiful piece with the working name Winged Liberty head dime. Although the front bust shows Lady Liberty, many people believe it is Mercury, the Roman God.

1945 Mercury dime

Location Year Minted Value
Philadelphia 1945 159,130,000 $3 to $35
San Francisco 1945 S 41,290,000 $3 to $80
Denver 1945 D 40,245,000 $3 to $35
Total / 240,665,000 /

So, you can see a bust of Lady Liberty on the obverse, followed by other significant details. The lettering IN GOD WE TRUST stands to be under Lady’s chin, and the lettering LIBERTY follows the rim above her head.

Weinman carefully thought about the reverse, as well and didn’t miss any crucial details. Reverse includes fasces with olive brunches running in the background. On the right of the reverse, there is a lettering E PLURIBUS UNUM, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and ONE DIME letterings that follow the entire rim.

1945 Mercury dime

Face value 10 cents ($0.10)
Melt value $1.73
Compound 90% silver and 10% copper
Coin weight 0.0882 ounces (2.5 g)
Coin diameter 0.705 inches (17.91 mm)
Coin thickness 0.0768 inches (1.95 mm)
Shape Round
Edge Plain

The 1945 Mercury dime has special significance because it was the last one in the Mercury dime series. In other words, the 30 years long production era of one of the most beautiful coins ever ended in 1945. The coin that replaced Mercury dimes in 1946 was a completely new design of Roosevelt dime.

The Philadelphia mint struck more than 159 million of those lovely coins in 1945. This mintage number was typical for most of the last long works of creation due to increased interest in the after World War II economy.

 

1945 Mercury Dime Types

As for every other coin in the whole history of the US, several mints produced this particular piece. Precisely, three mints made Mercury dimes in 1945, including:

  • Philadelphia that minted Mercury dimes without a mint mark
  • San Francisco that minted Mercury dimes with an S mint mark
  • Denver that minted Mercury dimes with a D mint mark

Each of these mints produced coins with specific characteristics which set the coins apart from the rest.

1945 Mercury dime value*

Quality 1945 1945 D 1945 S 1945 S micro
Good $2.15 $2.15 $2.15 $2.71
Very good $2.71 $2.71 $2.71 $3.24
Fine $3.24 $3.24 $3.24 $3.49
Very fine $3.34 $3.34 $3.34 $3.73
Extra fine $3.49 $3.49 $3.49 $6.21
About uncirculated $4.57 $4.57 $4.57 $18
MS 60 $6.21 $6.21 $6.21 $34
MS 65 $31 $34 $34 $110

*by USA Coin book

1945 Mercury Dime without a mint mark

1945 Mercury Dime without a mint mark

Mercury head dimes from 1945 are common coins with an exception, so-called Full Bands. A considerable number of coins minted this particular year were certified in mint state, including somewhere around 7,000 at PCGS alone.

However, barely a hundred of them show Full Bands. The 1945 Mercury dime with Full Bands is a definitive condition-rarity for collectors searching for ultimately struck dimes.

1945 Mercury dime value

Year Quality
Good Fine Extra fine Uncirculated
1945 $2.25 $3 $3.25 $4.50
1945 D $2.25 $3 $3.25 $4.50
1945 S $2.25 $3 $3.25 $4.50

*by JM Bullion

1945 D Mercury Dime

1945 D Mercury Dime
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Typically for Mercury dimes from the late 1930s to the end of the series, Denver mint coins of this year are the ones that will probably show Full Bands.

1945 Mercury dime value*

Year Quality
Good Fine Extra fine Uncirculated
1945 $1.75 $1.87 $2.10 $4.95
1945  D $1.75 $1.87 $2.10 $4.95
1945  S $1.75 $1.87 $2.10 $5.80

*by CoinStudy

When joined with the enormous quantities of mint state pieces, the outcome is a promptly accessible set in all grades through the MS 67. 1945 D dimes stand to be popular for their re-punched mintmark assortments. D over the horizontal D is by far one of the most wanted pieces.

1945 S Mercury Dime

1945 S Mercury Dime

San Francisco mint was famous for creating either normal-sized mintmarks or little ones. Because the smaller version was standard, it got its category and became known as the Micro S variety.

1945 Mercury dime value
Quality 1945 1945 D 1945 S 1945 S micro
Good $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $1.75
Fine $1.75 $1.75 $1.75 $4
Very fine $2 $2 $2 $7
Extra fine $3 $3 $3 $10
About uncirculated $21 $8 $10 $23
MS 63 $2,760 $12 $21 $100

*by COIN HelpU

Version with the mint mark of typical size was more popular, albeit neither one of them is scant. Both are promptly accessible in mint state, with or without Full Bands, but the 1945 Micro S with Full Bands is somewhat harder to find.

1945 Mercury Dime Grading

1945 Mercury Dime Grading

The numerous wear signs on the coin surface are responsible for the most significant part of its grade determination. In fact, collectors always check every single point of the coin to determine its real value.

1945 Mercury dime value*

Coin Quality
Good Fine Extra fine Uncirculated
1945 $1.50 to $2.00 $1.75 to $2.25 $3 to $3.50 $4.50 and more
1945 S $1.50 to $2.00 $1.75 to $2.25 $3 to $3.50 $4.50 and more
1945 D $1.50 to $2.00 $1.75 to $2.25 $3 to $3.75 $7.75 and more

*by Coinflation

The first thing to look for is the date and mintmark, but you should also check for the more minor details. There are lots of visually present differences from one grade to another. Be prepared that some collectors spend a lot of time examining the coin precisely.

Uncirculated 

Uncirculated 1945 Mercury dimes are at the top of the gradation scale since they are in the same condition as when they left the mint. It is crucial for a coin from this grade to still have the desired bright luster over the entire surface. Any color changes or scratches will reduce its quality and value.

1945 Mercury dime value*
Quality 1945 1945 D 1945 S 1945 S micro
Good $3.35 $3.35 $3.35 $3.35
Very good $3.60 $3.60 $3.60 $3.80
Fine $3.80 $3.8 $3.80 $4.30
Very fine $4.30 $4.30 $4.30 $4.80
Extra fine $4.80 $4.80 $4.80 $7.60
Uncirculated $7.60 $7.60 $7.60 $28.50
Brilliant uncirculated $24 $24 $29 $95
MS 65 $8,360 $38 $105 $594

*by Hobbizine

Extra fine 

Collectors find interest in most extremely fine graded 1945 Mercury dimes because those coins have only slight signs of wear. Due to their minimal usage, they still have sharp lines with barely noticeable wear signs on the highest points.

Those coins attract collectors because of the affordable price for a similar quality as uncirculated pieces.

Fine 

These dimes have spent lots of time in circulation, and it is expected they have lost their luster and sharpness. However, coins are still attractive and desirable among collectors.

Small and sharp details are now flat and slightly leveled. Hairlines and face lines are not clear anymore, and the letterings are slightly worn out, but prominent details are still present.

1945 Mercury dime value*

Quality 1945 1945 S 1945 D
Good $2.47 $2.47 $2.47
Very good $2.52 to $2.57 $2.52 to $2.57 $2.52 to $2.57
Fine $3 $3 $3
Very fine $3.67 to $4.01 $3.67 to 4.01 $3.67 to 4.01
Extra fine $4.55 $4.55 $4.55
About uncirculated $4.68 to $6.48 $4.68 to $6.48 $4.68 to $6.48
MS 60 $8.10 to $9.72 $8.10 to $9.72 $8.10 to $9.72
MS 61 $8.10 to $9.72 $8.10 to 9.72 $8.10 to 9.72
MS 62 $8.10 to 10.80 $8.10 to $10.80 $8.10 to $10.80
MS 63 $9.45 to $12.15 $12.15 to $14.85 $9.45 to $12.15
MS 64 $17.55 to $21.06 $17.55 to $21.06 $17.55 to $21.06
MS 65 $22.95 to $29.70 $22.95 to $29.70 $22.95 to $29.70
MS 66 $33.75 to $40.50 $33.75 to $40.50 $33.75 to $40.50
MS 67 $61 to $73 $88 to $105 $61 to $73
MS 68 / $650 to $780 /

*by Greysheet

Good 

Coins in this condition have lost all their luster and sharpness. You can often buy such a piece at a slightly higher price than the value of the silver they contain.

You can notice numerous scratches on its surface, and the rim started to blend with other pieces. It is also impossible to precisely tell the difference between essential from less important details.

Summary

Mercury dimes from 1945 stands to be one of the most popular coins among collectors because of their price and condition. In 1945 there were many of these minted, so you can find coins in excellent grades. Since those pieces are not very expensive, they are a perfect option for starting a new collection.

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