Winged Liberty or Mercury Dime

1916 – 1945 The Winged Liberty dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinman and first minted in 1916. This U.S. coin was minted of 90% silver and 10% copper. The Winged Liberty Dime is commonly known as the Mercury Dime. It is assumed that the obverse of the coin depicts the Roman god Mercury but it is actually Lady Liberty with wings on. Behind Lady Liberty’s neck is a “W” for the designer Adolph A. Weinman. Common date “Mercury” dimes in average circulated grades can often be obtained very near to the spot value of their silver content. In fact the Winged Liberty and the Roosevelt dimes are among the best forms of silver that you can get. They are recognized and trusted for their silver content all around the world. Winged Liberty "Mercury" Dime Obverse As...

Early Commemorative Coins of The United States

During the past 120 years, the United States has released hundreds of commemorative coins. Commemorative coins are always minted for a specific reason such as to honor a person, institution, place or some historic event that has shaped America. The U.S. first began to mint commemorative coins in the late 1800’s and stopped producing them for awhile back in 1954. It wasn’t until 1982 that the United States began minting commemorative coins again and any coins minted after this date are referred to as Modern Commemorative Coins. Legislation instated in 1996 limited the number of commemorative coins that Congress could require the mint to produce to only two different coins annually. It also put a limit on the number of commemorative coins that could be minted during a year. 1848 Gold...

Early Copper Coins Of The United States

Copper has been an extremely important mineral for thousands of years. It has been used for conducting heat and electricity. It has also been used to create art, building materials and coins. Copper coins first appeared in the United States in the late 1700s. The US penny was named after the British penny, or pence. Though it seems like small change, in its day the half-cent could actually purchase items of value: it was the equivalent of today’s dime. Compared to today’s coins, early coins were heavy and the designs were much simpler. The half-cent was about the size of today’s quarter coin. Each one featured the face of Lady Liberty. 1793 Chain Cent Obverse The first copper coin design was known as the “Chain” cent. It featured a relief of the head of the Lady...