Winged Liberty Head (Mercury) Dimes (1916-1921, 1923-1932, 1934-1945)

Silver-Mercury-DimeGeneral Coin Information

Known by most as the Mercury Dime, the Winged Liberty Head Dime was first struck in 1916. It was minted every year until 1945, with the exceptions of 1922, 1932 and 1933.

Dubbed the Mercury Dime, it does not contain the element mercury, nor is the design an image of the Roman god Mercury. Instead it is a capped image of Liberty.

Composed of 90% silver and 10% copper, these coins were struck at the mints facilities in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco and have become quite collectible. Their relative abundance and (with the exception of a few and higher grades) low price make them ideal for many.

Many consider these coins to be among the most beautifully ever designed by the US Mint.

Obverse Design

An image of Liberty is featured on the obvserve of the coin. She is wearing a Phrygian cap meant to symbolize liberty and freedom. The cap has wings to signify freedom of thought. The inscriptions "Liberty," "In God We Trust" the year and the designers monogram are all seen on the obverse.

Reverse Design

The reverse of the Mercury Dime showcases a fasces (bundle of sticks) with an olive branch. It was meant to signify America's readiness for war, but its desire for peace. "United States of America," "One Dime," "E Pluribus Unum" and the mintmark (if any) are present as well on the reverse.

Winged Liberty Coin Specifications


Mint: United States Mint
Finish/Condition: Circulated
Metal Content: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 2.50 gms
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: reeded
Issue Date: 1916-1945
Face Value: $.10
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Adolph A. Weinman

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1929 Mercury Dime 90 Silver US Coin Polished Lot B26
1929 Mercury Dime 90 Silver US Coin Polished Lot B26
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1921 NGC Mercury Dime NGC AG 3  Key Date
1921 NGC Mercury Dime NGC AG 3 Key Date
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SET OF MERCURY SILVER DIMES 1941 1945 15 COINS CH GEM BU WITH 1945 S MICRO
SET OF MERCURY SILVER DIMES 1941 1945 15 COINS CH GEM BU WITH 1945 S MICRO
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1941 10C Mercury Dime Mint State 161898
1941 10C Mercury Dime Mint State 161898
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EARLY DATE 1926 D Mercury Silver Dime
EARLY DATE 1926 D Mercury Silver Dime
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1916S 1929S Mercury SILVER DIMES SEt of 8 Different Mint Marked Carded Coins
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1941 S Mercury Dime Uncirculated US Mint PQ Silver Coin Gem BU MS++++++
1941 S Mercury Dime Uncirculated US Mint PQ Silver Coin Gem BU MS++++++
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Mercury Dime Collection  74 Different Dates Mintmarks Almost Complete
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1936 D 10C Mercury Silver Dime Fine+
1936 D 10C Mercury Silver Dime Fine+
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1916 1945 PDS Mercury dimes 24 coin starter set No duplicates Lot F1
1916 1945 PDS Mercury dimes 24 coin starter set No duplicates Lot F1
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1944 GEM BU MERCURY DIME
1944 GEM BU MERCURY DIME
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Unopened Silver Mercury Dime Roll D REV Sealed Ends Mixed Dates m364
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