Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,180,080
Catalog: KM-140
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.25 (10/25/2014)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1916 MERCURY 10C MS obverse 1916 MERCURY 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Adolph A. Weinman's Winged Liberty head or 'Mercury' design made its debut as part of the coinage revolution that swept the dime, quarter, and half dollar in 1916. This lovely design was used on the dime, and the obverse depicted a portrait of Liberty modeled after Elsie Stevens. Liberty wears a winged cap which symbolizes freedom of thought, but she was soon confused with the Roman god Mercury, and the name has been with her ever since. A fasces with an olive sprig dominates the reverse. The Philadelphia Mint was busy in 1916, and 22.1 million Mercury dimes were produced, along with an additional 18.4 million pieces of the old Barber design. The 1916 is one of the more popular issues in the Mercury dimes series among type collectors, and it is also readily obtainable in lower grades thanks to the public's penchant for saving first-year issues as novelty items. Superb Gems are scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2014

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1916 MERCURY 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.50 5.00 6.50 7.50 13.00 13.00 23.00 24.00 27.00 29.00 32.00 35.00 38.00 45.00 65.00 120 225 785 - - -
$ - - 25.00 28.00 30.00 34.00 36.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 140 325 - -
1916 MERCURY 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - 25.00 27.00 29.00 31.00 34.00 37.00 48.00 55.00 70.00 180 380 1950 11500 - -
$ - 26.00 29.00 31.00 33.00 36.00 40.00 52.00 65.00 95.00 225 550 2550 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2629
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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11/10/2014 MS 67  Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7550


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10/8/1994 NGC MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 1994 October Long Beach Signature Sale #124, 124/Lot# 5251 $671.00
9/15/2003 NGC MS 68   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 280 $2,875.00
2/12/2007 NGC MS 65   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 126, 131/Lot# 472 $97.75
8/7/2010 NGC MS 68   Full Bands Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 401 $425.50
7/16/2012 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 3312, 3312/Lot# 1806 $60.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 87870 $126.50
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 62   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 153321 $55.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 MERCURY 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333285967768594981021151472554771351246144688111
3333311386170798895991061251833297681721313056820
000000386170798895991061251833297681721313000
00000048647382919610011013621940310592091379900
1916 MERCURY 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333332677685941021061151271632785121429258246558402
333331243707988961031091191392013568171813327359040
00000043707988961031091191392013568171813327300
000000557382919910411212315123943411232197396400
1916 MERCURY 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332863728189981021061231592926201450261449629013
33333113966758392991031111352034018961838339663120
0000003966758392991031111352034018961838339600
000000516978869510010411714724751011732226417900
1916 MERCURY 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333332728189981061151191351753176631531274051649327
3333312457583921001091161241482224329521934354865510
000000457583921001091161241482224329521934354800
0000005878869510311211712916126954712412337435600
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Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 2614
Owner: EatDatCurry
 
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1450
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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