Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 264,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.36 (2/24/2020)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 D 10C MS obverse 1916 D 10C MS reverse
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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.

Note: This coin is commonly targeted by counterfeiters. Learn more here.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/6/2019

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1916 D 10C MS
Base $ 950 1500 2950 5000 7000 8000 8750 10500 12000 12750 13000 13500 18250 20100 28000 38000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 15250 - 23000 - - - -
1916 D 10C MS FB
Base $ - - - - - 9750 10250 11500 13000 14000 14500 15000 21500 23500 46500 67500 125000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 22400 29000 60000 95000 - -

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Total Graded: 5028
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: G
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1916 D 10C MS
1916 D 10C MS FB

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 D 10C MS PL
1916 D 10C MS FB
1916 D 10C MS FBP
1916 D 10C MS
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Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 13559
Owner: Sadler
Grade: XF 40
Points: 4246
Owner: Joey1983
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