2016-W Mercury Dime SP70 FS Weinman Label

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  • Title: 2016-W Mercury Dime SP70 FS Weinman Label

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The Mercury Dime, also known as the Winged Liberty Head dime, was struck by the U.S. Mint from 1916 to 1945. The Adolph A. Weinman design of the front and back features richly detailed and distinctive images. This 10-cent piece was made from 90% silver. After the Great Depression, people often hoarded Mercury Dimes, but the real interest in the numismatic features of the coin came from collectors. This 1938 Mercury Dime is a proof coin in PF66 condition, as certified by NGC.


Adolph A. Weinman created the design for the Mercury dime. It features a young Lady Liberty wearing a winged cap. Weinman later said the winged cap represented liberty of thought. A tightly-ringed row of curls peeks out from beneath Lady Liberty’s cap.It is generally believed that the model for Lady Liberty was Elsie Stevens, Weinman’s former tenant and the wife of Wallace Stevens who was then a lawyer but in later life was known for his poetry. Also on the front of the coin are the word ‘Liberty,’ the motto ‘In God We Trust,’ the date, and Weinman’s initials ‘AW.’


The reverse of this dime features a battle ax and some fasces tied together with leather bands, the complete image symbolizing war and justice. Also on the reverse are the words ‘United States of America,’ the motto ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ and the denomination of ‘One Dime.’

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