|Winged Liberty Head Dimes (Mercury) (1916-45)|
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Although most commonly referred to as the Mercury Dime, the coin does not depict the Roman messenger god, nor does it contain any mercury. The obverse figure is a depiction of Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, a classic symbol of liberty and freedom, with its wings intended to symbolize freedom of thought. Designed by noted sculptor Adolph A. Weinman, the Winged Liberty Head Dime is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful U.S. coin designs ever produced. His monogram appears above the right of the date.
Many coins in this series exhibit striking defects, most notably the fact that the line separating the two horizontal bands in the center of the fasces is often missing, in whole or in part; the 1945 issue of the Philadelphia Mint hardly ever appears with this line complete from left to right, and as a result, such coins are worth more than usual for uncirculated specimens. No Mercury Dimes bear the dates of 1922, 1932, or 1933. Of particular interest to numismatists is the condition of the horizontal bands tying together the bundle on the reverse. On well-struck examples, separation exists within the two sets of bands (known as Full Split Bands).
The Mercury Dime served Americans well during one of this nation's most turbulent eras. Born on the eve of our nation's entry into World War I, it remained an integral part of America's coinage lineup right through the end of World War II, bowing out in 1945.
Mintmarks The mintmark follows the word "one" on the reverse side of the coin. Mintmarks include:
SPECIFICATIONS: Diameter: 17.9 millimeters Weight: 2.50 grams Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper Edge: Reeded Net Weight: .07234 ounce pure silver (Information gathered from - Wikipedia.org, Coin Resource.org, "The Red Book - A Guide Book of United States Coins", and other sources)
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