Certified Mercury Dime 1916-D VG Details NGC

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  • Description:

    In 1916, the US Mint decided to switch out the Barber dime, which was personally designed by the US Mint's Chief Engraver. The US Mint held a competition of designs for the possible new dime and Adolph Weinman, the German-American sculptor won. Weinman's design was meant to depict a Winged Liberty, wearing an ancient Phrygian cap but earned its nickname of the Mercury dime since it was very similar to the Greek god, Mercury.

    Although the design of the Mercury dime was revered for its unique creativity, it was less popular for those who actually had to produce the coin. The Mercury dime was incredibly difficult to make into a die design but still had a long run from 1916-1945. The Certified Mercury Dime 1916-D VG Details NGC is in very good condition but could not receive a grade, due to it being cleaned at some point. There were only 264,000 dimes minted by the Denver Mint in 1916.

    Compared to the other US Mint branches, the Denver Mint was young when it started producing silver dollars. Since the Denver Mint was established much later than the other mints, its participation in major coin collections was limited causing collectors to put any silver coin with a "D" mint-mark at the top of their collecting list.

  • Details:
    • Denomination: N/A
    • Year: 1916
    • Diameter: N/A
    • Mint Mark: D
    • Thickness: N/A
    • Grade: N/A

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