|Shown are the middle set of strings on the |
fasces. While there are three sets of strings,
the middle set will determine if you have
a valuable example, or just a regular MS
Photo courtesy of PCGS
Full split banded Mercury dimes exist in all dates. However, there are few select dates that merit extra scrutiny when you go to cherrypick for the variety. One in particular, the 1945-P is extremely difficult to find with clean full split bands. They are either very flat, or they are oh so close to having splits, only to have connected interruption. Seeing as this was the final year of the design, the mint employees were very lazy in re-engraving these dies. Conservatively graded PCGS 64 FB examples have sold in the $5k-$5.5k range and they go up into the five figures if you're able to hit one in 65 or higher. Another valuable date is the 1919-S, these too fetch five figure paydays in anything higher than 65. So the next time you're out at the dealer or show, take some time to search through all the Mercury dimes. Because there is bound to be that special coin that can make your year.
Good luck hunting!