In addition, two overdates (each a particular kind of doubled die) from the 1942 production year were struck at two different production facilities — the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.
From the final year of production, 1945, collectors may look for the 1945-S Micro S dime from the San Francisco Mint’s production of 40,245,000 coins.
The Micro S Mint mark is considerably smaller than the mark left by the normal S punch of 1945. The Micro S variety is the only Mint mark punch of this type and dimension known to have been employed in San Francisco Mint production in the 1940s.
Collectors should also be aware of another superlative that can affect price — Full Bands. Many Winged Liberty Head dimes exhibit striking weakness from metal flow issues, particularly in the region of the center horizontal band on the fasces on the reverse. Weakness is less noticeable on the lower horizontal band.
The bands comprise two parallel lines with a separation or “split” between them. Although some numismatists refer to this separation as “Full Split Bands,” the major grading services define this separation on the grading label solely as “Full Bands.”
The term “Full Bands” defines Winged Liberty Head dimes that exhibit distinct separation between both parallel lines in the center horizontal band.
Coins designated “Full Bands,” even if exhibiting striking weakness in other areas, generate significant premiums over coins without Full Bands.
The only obstacle to collecting the Winged Liberty Head dime series, if there is one, is determining what grade of coins you will be pleased to collect while meeting the eventual cost of such a collection.
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