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Mercury Dimes

Mercury Dime (1916-1945)

Mercury dimes are the popular ten-cent pieces produced by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1945. This dime is made of 90% Silver and contains just over .072 troy ounces of silver. The Mercury Dime is more properly referred to as the Winged Liberty Head Dime. Many of the public mistook Adolph Weinman’s design featuring a young Liberty for a depiction of the Roman god Mercury, and a nickname was born.

Although the coin’s design was embraced by citizens and officials alike, some modifications were necessary, as the Mercury dime did not perform properly in some vending machines. This iconic dime was produced until 1945, when the Treasury ordered new artwork honoring the recently deceased President Franklin Roosevelt.

Mercury Dime Values

The value of a Mercury Dime varies significantly depending on its year of mintage, mintmark and condition. These coins can be had for as little as $1.50, but may also be valued upwards of $1500 for a single coin. If you have a Mercury Dime that appears to be in good condition and it bears a desirable date, you may wish to consider having it professionally graded by reputable company such as PCGS or NGC.

If you have your Mercury Dime graded, you will get a better idea as to what the coin could be worth to dealers and collectors. The grading process is exacting, and accounts for the tiniest imperfections. When you have a coin graded, you can also rest easy in the knowledge that its metal content and authenticity have been verified.

 
Mercury Dime (1916-1945) obverse

Mercury Dime Value is Conditional

You can make a close examination of your Mercury Dime yourself, too. This will give you a ballpark idea as to how you coin could be graded, and may help you decide if you need to consult a professional. There are several points of reference for this for this process, though we will discuss the coin’s olive branch. If the olive branch has significant wear and tear, or is discolored, the coin is likely in merely good condition.

If the wear on the olive branch is minimal and there is little or no discoloration, the coin could possibly be assigned a grade of fine. If the olive branch remains crisp and clean with no signs of erosion or discoloration, you coin is potentially in extremely fine condition. All the details must be similar in quality for an overall grade, of course. The Liberty Head or the text on the coin can all be used for this test.

 

The Valuable Mint Marks

You will also want to look at your Mercury Dime to see which mintmark it bears. Mercury Dimes minted in Philadelphia do not have a mint mark, while coins minted in San Francisco will have an “S” mint mark and coins minted in Denver will have a “D” mint mark. Some of the most sought after of all the Mercury Dimes were minted in Denver and will sport a “D” on the reverse along the bottom rim of the coin.


Mercury Dimes Can Be Greatly Valued

There are five mint dates that are the most coveted by dealers and collectors alike. The 1916 D, for example, could have a value of over $650, even if it is in just good condition. The 1921 and 1921 D also can be highly valued with prices in the area of $48 to $61 for coins in good condition and $96 to $178 for coins in fine condition. The 1926 S likely commands a minimum value of $10 for coins in good condition. Given their age, silver content and beautiful design, the Mercury Dime has the potential for further price appreciation in the future.



DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1916 Mercury Dime $4 $7 $15 $25
1916 Mercury Dime (D) $1,000 $2,600 $6,000 $9,000
1916 Mercury Dime (S) $4 $9 $20 $25
1917 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $8 $12
1917 Mercury Dime (D) $4.50 $11 $45 $95
1917 Mercury Dime (S) $3 $4 $12 $30
1918 Mercury Dime $3 $6 $25 $40
1918 Mercury Dime (D) $3 $6 $24 $50
1918 Mercury Dime (S) $3 $5 $18 $40
1919 Mercury Dime $3 $4 $10 $30
1919 Mercury Dime (D) $4 $12 $35 $75
1919 Mercury Dime (S) $3.50 $8 $35 $75
1920 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $8 $15
1920 Mercury Dime (D) $3 $4.50 $20 $45
1920 Mercury Dime (S) $3.25 $5 $18 $45
1921 Mercury Dime $65 $130 $600 $925
1921 Mercury Dime (D) $80 $210 $775 $1,250
1923 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $7 $16
1923 Mercury Dime (S) $3 $8 $65 $105
1924 Mercury Dime $3 $4 $15 $30
1924 Mercury Dime (D) $3.50 $8 $70 $110
1924 Mercury Dime (S) $3.50 $6 $60 $110
1925 Mercury Dime $3 $4 $10 $20
1925 Mercury Dime (D) $4 $12 $120 $200
1925 Mercury Dime (S) $3.25 $8 $70 $110
1926 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $7 $16
1926 Mercury Dime (D) $3.25 $6 $28 $50
1926 Mercury Dime (S) $13 $26 $250 $450
1927 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $7 $15
1927 Mercury Dime (D) $3.50 $8 $80 $100
1927 Mercury Dime (S) $3.25 $6 $28 $50
1928 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $7 $18
1928 Mercury Dime (D) $4 $8 $50 $95
1928 Mercury Dime (S) $3 $4 $16 $45
1929 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $6 $12
1929 Mercury Dime (D) $3 $5 $15 $24
1929 Mercury Dime (S) $3 $3.75 $10 $20
1930 Mercury Dime $3 $3.50 $8 $16
1930 Mercury Dime (S) $3 $5 $15 $45
1931 Mercury Dime $3 $4 $10 $22
1931 Mercury Dime (D) $8 $12 $35 $60
1931 Mercury Dime (S) $4 $6 $16 $45
1934 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1934 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $8.00 N/A
1935 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1935 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $8 N/A
1935 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $5 N/A
1936 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1936 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $6 N/A
1936 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1937 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1937 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $4 N/A
1937 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1938 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1938 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $4 N/A
1938 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.50 N/A
1939 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1939 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1939 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $4 N/A
1940 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1940 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1940 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1941 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1941 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1941 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1942 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1942 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1942 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1943 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1943 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1943 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1944 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1944 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1944 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1945 Mercury Dime N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1945 Mercury Dime (D) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A
1945 Mercury Dime (S) N/A $2.75 $3.25 N/A

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