Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 264,000
Catalog: KM-140
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.14 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1916 D 10C MS obverse 1916 D 10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This issue has the lowest mintage of any coin in the Winged Liberty Head "Mercury" Dime series. It has therefore gained a mythic reputation as a rarity, when in fact the supply of circulated examples is quite sufficient to meet demand. Mint State specimens would have been great rarities were it not for the hoarding that accompanies all first-year-of-issue coins. It's likely that many persons who saved a fresh example of the new dime had no idea that they were preserving what would become a very low mintage issue.

Shortly after the Denver Mint began production of the new dimes an order was received to suspend this coinage and concentrate on quarter dollars for the remainder of the year, as there existed a great demand for that denomination. Since dies for the new Standing Liberty type weren't ready yet, the Denver Mint struck millions of Charles Barber's old Liberty Head quarters.

1916-D dimes typically are well struck, with good luster and only occasional weakness in their central portions. Thus, most certified Mint State pieces have Full Bands (FB), these being the horizontal pair at the center of the fasces. Ideally, such coins should also be complete at the lower diagonal band, as this is sometimes weakly struck on Mercury Dimes.

Four reverse dies are known for this issue, and two of these feature repunched mintmarks. Due to the high cost of 1916-D dimes in any grade, there has been no interest shown in these varieties, aside from their utility in authentication. This is an important consideration, since the application of a D mintmark to 1916(P) dimes has been a cottage industry for decades. Less common, but also known, are coins that have had their S mintmarks reshaped into a letter D. Professional authentication is thus mandatory in the purchase of any 1916-D dime.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/4/2015

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1916 D 10C MS
Base $ 950 1525 2750 4000 6300 9050 9750 10600 11900 13900 14750 17500 21250 29500 35500 55000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 15750 18750 23500 32500 40000 - -
1916 D 10C MS Full Bands
Base $ - - - - - - 10500 11750 13000 15500 16250 19500 24000 45000 75000 170000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 18500 21000 32500 54000 100000 245000 -

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Total Graded: 4068
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: G
High Grade: 67

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12/18/1996 NGC AG 3   Teletrade Auction 0903, 903/Lot# 1276 $239.80
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2/10/2008 PCGS G 4   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2036 $1,380.00
4/16/2008 PCGS MS 62   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2269 $14,950.00
9/22/2010 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 9136 $431.25
8/2/2012 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7915 $417.13
3/9/2014 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 172050 $1,320.00
7/11/2014 PCGS AG 3   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5655 $481.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 D 10C MS
1916 D 10C MS Prooflike
1916 D 10C MS Full Bands
1916 D 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2495
Owner: Joey1983
Grade: VG 10
Points: 1393
Owner: Tak
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