1943 S Trumpet Tail FS 501

Champagne toning and clean field with minor hairline die scratches.

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Obverse of 1943 Large S (Trumpet Tail)

The coin shown at right is an example graded by PCGS with a MS 65 label, although it is not labeled as having a full band, the fact are due to the weaker strike on the left side of the fasces, but under 10x magnification one can see that the band is separated. The number of mintage at 60,400,000 are nearly all 1943-S dimes feature the regular serif Large S mintmark introduced in 1942. An extremely small percentage exists having the Trumpet Tail S, and these are likely the product of a single reverse die (see photos below). If that assumption is true, then this variety represents less than one half of one percent of the entire mintage.

Closed up of mint mark of 1943 S large S variety

According to the Cherry Picker’s Guide 4th edition, this variety is much more scarcer than the 1941 S Large S series, price wise is a hundred dollars more in the MS 65 grade compare to the 1941 Large S in the same MS 65 grade. I found this to be truthfully under value, and would be a good buy if you can locate one in any grades. I have searched numerous 1941 S and 1943 S dimes for different varieties also, averaging between 1 out of 65-75 of 1941 S would have a large S variety, while searching nearly two thousands 1943 S, I wasn’t able to locate a single 1943 large S of this year, statistics was based on eBay purchases, going through rolls and attending local shows. Please note that this is only my records for this elusive variety, perhaps other may have found it easily. I would like to have other inform me otherwise.

RPM and Large S varieties

Three repunched Large S mintmarks are recorded, and two of these are illustrated below (photos courtesy from The Complete Guide of Mercury Dime by David Lange).

Again, the often seen die crack from wingtip to rim is known for this date. Other die crack locations are too numerous to list.

RARITY: 1943-S is common in all popular grades, with the exception of full band coins. These are slightly scarce, though enough have been certified to meet the needs of serious collectors. Original rolls may exist.

COMMENTS: Flat or split bands are the rule for this date, the actual percentage of coins having fully raised and rounded bands being considerably lower than the certified population suggests. An additional consideration is that 1943-S dimes having incomplete bands are not as likely to be submitted to the certification services as are ones expected to come back with the desired designation “FB.” The widespread use by dealers of grading service pre-screen submissions, in which only those coins meeting a minimum grade are holdered, further skews the certified population in favor of FB coins. This date may be found semi-prooflike, but it is much less often encountered with mirrorlike fields than are 1940-S, 1941-S and 1942-S. This brilliance usually is accompanied by heavy and distracting die-polishing lines and the familiar “broken nose.” Part of article taken from The Complete Guide to Mercury Dime

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