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)
  • Silver Content: 90% silver and 10% copper
  • Weight: 2.50 g
  • Diameter: 17.9 mm

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