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

Winged Liberty "Mercury" Dime Obverse

As I write this silver is at about $35.00 per ounce (See Silver Spot Value Up Over 200%). This means that a 90% silver dime holds around $2.52 worth of silver!

There is also 0.25 grams of copper in each Mercury (or Roosevelt) dime which adds to the value. In recent years copper prices have been steadily on the rise which makes silver coins an even better investment (Investing In Silver With Coin Collecting and Save Those Copper Pennies!).

Winged Liberty "Mercury" Dime Reverse

Winged Liberty "Mercury" Dime Reverse

One of the most sought after Winged Liberty dime is the 1916-D. The Denver Mint struck Barber dimes for most of the year and only minted 264,000 of the “Mercury Dimes”. As with most things that are valuable you have to be careful for counterfeits. Unscrupulous dealers and traders have altered common 1916 dimes by adding a “D”.

Because of the great detail in the reverse design of of the “Mercury” noticeable defects are common. In the center of the fasces are two horizontal bands, there is supposed to be a line to separate these bands but it is often faint or missing all together.

Specimens with a “full split band” can be difficult to find and often demand much higher prices. This is especially true for dimes struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1945 which rarely include “full split bands”.

Detail of Full Split Bands Mercury/Winged Liberty Dime

Detail of Full Split Bands Mercury/Winged Liberty Dime

There was also an over dated error produced at the Philadelphia Mint which occurred when “1942″ was struck over top a 1941 die. That same year a similar over date was issued from the Denver Mint.

Winged Liberty Dime Specifications:

  • Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
  • Diameter: 17.9 mm
  • Weight: 2.50 g
  • Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Net Weight: 2.25 g pure silver

By D. Slone, Copyright 2011 CoinCollectorGuide.com

Winged Liberty Dime “Mercury” Dime Mintage Numbers

1916 —— 22,180,080
1916-D —- 264,000
1916-S —- 10,450,000
1917 —— 55,230,000
1917-D —- 9,402,000
1917-S —- 27,330,000
1918 —— 26,680,000
1918-D —- 22,674,800
1918-S —-19,300,000
1919 —— 35,740,000
1919-D —- 9,939,000
1919-S —- 8,850,000
1920 —— 59,030,000
1920-D —- 19,171,000
1920-S —- 13,820,000
1921 —— 1,230,000
1921-D —- 1,080,000
1923 —— 50,130,000
1923-S —- 6,440,000
1924 —— 24,010,000
1924-D —- 6,810,000
1924-S —- 7,120,000
1925 —— 25,610,000
1925-D —- 5,117,000
1925-S —- 5,850,000
1926 —— 32,160,000
1926-D —- 6,828,000
1926-S —- 1,520,000
1927 —— 28,080,000
1927-D —- 4,812,000
1927-S —- 4,770,000
1928 —— 19,480,000
1928-D —- 4,161,000
1928-S —- 7,400,000
1929 —— 25,970,000
1929-D —- 5,034,000
1929-S —- 4,730,000
1930 —— 6,770,000
1930-S —- 1,843,000
1931 —— 3,150,000
1931-D —- 1,260,000
1931-S —- 1,800,000
1934 —— 24,080,000
1934-D —- 6,772,000
1935 —— 58,830,000
1935-D — 10,477,000
1935-S —- 15,840,000
1936 —— 87,500,000
1936-D — 16,132,000
1936-S—- 9,210,000
1937 —— 56,860,000
1937-D —- 14,146,000
1937-S —- 9,740,000
1938 —— 22,190,000
1938-D —- 5,537,000
1938-S —- 8,090,000
1939 —— 67,740,000
1939-D —- 24,394,000
1939-S —- 10,540,000
1940 —— 65,350,000
1940-D —- 21,198,000
1940-S —- 21,560,000
1941 —— 175,090,000
1941-D —- 45,634,000
1941-S —- 43,090,000
1942 —— 205,410,000
1942-D —- 60,740,000
1942-S —- 49,300,000
1943 —— 191,710,000
1943-D —- 71,949,000
1943-S —- 60,400,000
1944 —— 231,410,000
1944-D —- 62,224,000
1944-S —- 49,490,000
1945 —— 159,130,000
1945-D —- 40,245,000
1945-S —- 41,290,000



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