Coin Type Specifications
Region: US
Denomination: S10C
Diameter: 17.91 (mm)
Coin Metal Composition:
Silver [90%] 2.25 (g)
Copper [10%] 0.25 (g)
Total Mass: 2.5 (g)

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1916-1945 Silver Mercury Dimes - Winged Liberty head
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US - 1916-1945 Silver Mercury Dimes - Winged Liberty head

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Coin Type Coins
1916-1945 Silver Mercury Dimes - Winged Liberty head Coin Composition
Composition Totals From 45 Coins
Silver : 101.25 Grams
Copper : 11.25 Grams
Total Mass : 112.5 Grams

Metal USD/Pound USD/Troy Ounce USD/Gram Grams/Coin USD/Coin
Silver $429.235 $29.440 $0.947 2.25 g $2.130
Copper $2.091 $0.143 $0.005 0.25 g $0.001
Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For Each Coin: $2.131
Combined Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For 45 Coins: $95.898
- Precious Metal prices updated on 07-23-2024
45 Example Coins Found...


Coin Type Description
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Years Minted: 1916-1945
Mint Marks: NONE (P), D, S
Denomination: S10C
Obverse Design: A young Liberty, with winged cap
Obverse Designer: Adolph Weinman
Reverse Design: olive branch, fasces
Reverse Designer: Adolph Weinman
Mercury dime

The Mercury dime is a ten-cent coin struck by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1945. Designed by Adolph Weinman and also referred to as the Winged Liberty Head dime, it gained its common name as the obverse depiction of a young Liberty, identifiable by her winged Phrygian cap, was confused with the Roman god Mercury. Weinman is believed to have used Elsie Stevens, the wife of lawyer and poet Wallace Stevens, as a model. The coin's reverse depicts a fasces, symbolizing unity and strength, and an olive branch, signifying peace.

By 1916, the dime, quarter, and half dollar designed by Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber had been struck for 25 years, and could be replaced by the Treasury, of which the Mint is a part, without Congressional authorization. Mint officials were under the misapprehension that the designs had to be changed, and held a competition among three sculptors, in which Barber, who had been in his position for 36 years, also took part. Weinman's designs for the dime and half dollar were selected.

Although the new coin's design was admired for its beauty, the Mint made modifications to it upon learning that vending machine manufacturers were having difficulties making the new dime work in their devices. The coin continued to be minted until 1945, when the Treasury ordered that a new design, featuring recently deceased president Franklin Roosevelt, take its place.
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