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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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