The “Mercury” dime’s adopted name is a misnomer. The coin’s obverse does not, as is commonly thought, depict the Roman messenger God. Instead, it features a stunning portrait of Liberty wearing a winged Phrygian cap that is meant to symbolize freedom of thought. Given this fact, the dime in question is more accurately called the Winged Liberty Head Dime, though since the name “Mercury” has been mistakenly applied for over ninety years, one doubts it will ever be replaced in the minds of many.
Whatever you may choose to call them, the dimes minted from 1916 through 1945 are widely thought to be the most beautiful small coins ever produced. Their designer, Adolph A. Weinman, was a former student of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gauden, and his winning design for the Winged Liberty Head Dime ushered in a new and vital era in American coinage. Weinman’s Liberty is believed to be based upon a portrait bust he created of Elsie Kachel Stevens, the wife of the great American Modernist poet Wallace Stevens. The coin’s reverse, featuring a fasces and battle axe, a symbol of strength through unity since Roman times, juxtaposed with an olive branch, was intended to illustrate America’s readiness for war and desire for peace. These themes were deeply resonant at the time as World War I raged in Europe.
Winged Liberty Dimes were minted in Philadelphia (no mintmark), San Francisco (“S” mintmark), and Denver (“D”), are composed of .90% silver yielding .07234 troy ounces of pure silver per coin, and measure 17.9mm in diameter.
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June on 6/23/2019
" Going through these old coins is like being a kid at Christmas. They are nice in average circulated condition with various dates that are all readable. I ordered $1 FV and got a 1916, 1926, and the rest in the 30s and 40s. I've always thought the Mercury dimes were one of our prettiest coins although it's the Roosevelts I remember most from my childhood."
Robert on 5/22/2012
" Ordered $5 face. Great dimes for the silver collector. For the coin collector, most were 1930's and 40's with a couple of 20's. Grades were VG08 - F15. All the dates were readable and only a couple had rims worn down."
Jared on 5/19/2012
" Ordered $29 face value, all readable dates, some were worn, but overall was good quality for merc's. Had a dozen teen dates & like Paul's review I had 30 cents extra! That's just how Provident rolls, they take care of the customer. Thanks again P.M., happy with the order!"
Paul on 5/15/2012
" I always throw 50-100 of these dimes into every order from Provident. Have never been disappointed. Sure, I had several extremely worn coins, but also had some in very nice condition. Condition was irrelevent to me, as I was only interested in prepping to have these on hand for last resort bartering. The biggest surprise was the time I ordered 200 coins and there were 8 (yes EIGHT) extra pre-1964 coins in there. Another time I ordered 100 Mercs, and found three extras ones. So yes, I recommend ordering these. Never had a bad experience with Provident, and I have had about 15 orders to date."
Nicholas on 5/15/2012
" Beautiful collection of mercury dimes!! My first actual ordering/ shopping for silver, normally I hardcore search pocket change and find silver quarters. Got 2 shining dimes, 7 above average, 1 near blackened. Will definitely order again soon to increase my collection"
|Mint Mark||Not Shown|
|Designer (Obverse)||Adolph A Weinman|
|Product Series||Mercury Dimes|
|Certificate of Authenticity||No|
|Metal Content||0.0715 Troy Ounce per coin|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|