MERCURY HEAD DIMES

In 1916, the three silver denominations currently minted in the U.S. were given new designs. A public competition was held and the winner was Adolph Alexander Weinman. His monogram “AW” can be found to the right of Lady Liberty’s neck. Production of the first Mercury Dimes, or Winged Liberty Dimes, began in June 1916. The public thought the obverse image of Lady Liberty looked like the Roman god Mercury and that incorrect association remains the most common title for this coin series. The Mercury Head Dime series is one of the most popular in all of American numismatics.

COIN FACTS:
Manufacturer: U.S. Mint
Minting Location: N/A
Denomination: $.10 (US)
Metal Content: 90% silver and 10% copper
Weight: 2.50 g
Diameter: 17.9 mm
IRA-Eligibility: No

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COIN DESIGN:

Obverse: Features the head of Liberty, facing left and wearing winged cap. The word LIBERTY is above, and IN GOD WE TRUST and the date towards the bottom; which is commonly mistaken for an image of Roman god Mercury

Reverse: Features the Roman fasces, comprised of an axe tied to a bundle of rods; the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around and the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM to the right of the fasces which conveys peace through strength

COIN PACKAGING:

• Single coins are packaged in transparent plastic protectors known as “flips”
• Multiples of 20 are packaged in Mint tubes
• Multiples of 500 are packaged in large containers known as “Monster Boxes”

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