During the first two decades of the 20th century, the United States Mint embarked on a mission to revamp and redesign all of its circulation currency. The drive started in 1905 under the guidance of President Theodore Roosevelt, and reached its zenith in the 1910s with the release of new designs for the half-dollar, quarter, and dime. Today, the 90% Silver Mercury Dime is available to you online at Silver.com in a $5 roll.
- Ships to you in a paper roll containing 50 dimes!
- Mercury Dime in circulation 1916 to 1945.
- Consists of 90% fine silver content per coin.
- Individual face values of $.10 (USD) fully backed by the US government.
- Total face value of $5 available in this listing!
- Obverse features the image of Winged Liberty.
- Reverse includes the olive branch and Roman fasces.
- Designed by Adolph A. Weinman.
The original Mercury Dime was in circulation from 1916 to 1945. It was replaced as the design of the dime quickly following the death in office of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The dime was chosen by the federal government, Secretary of the Treasury, and US Mint because of President Roosevelt’s prominent March of Dimes program.
On the reverse he chose to pair a Roman fasces with an olive branch for the primary design. The fasces is a symbol of unity and strength, while the olive branch is well-known as a symbol of peace. The combined symbolism represented America’s military power and readiness to defend itself, but its desire to exist in a world of peace. Engravings on this face included “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and “One Dime.”
Weinman’s original design featured a left-profile portrait of Liberty wearing the Phrygian cap on the obverse side of the coin. The word “Liberty” was engraved above her head, with “In God We Trust” and the year of issue featured below.
Your purchase of this product today includes a total of 50 US Mercury Dimes from the circulation period of 1916 to 1945. The coins arrive in a paper roll with a total face value of $5 (USD) backed by the US government.
Mercury Dime coins were originally produced at the Denver Mint, West Point Mint, or Philadelphia Mint. Only the Denver and West Point Mint coins had mint marks, and each individual dime contains .07234 Troy oz of silver content. In 2016, the US Mint revived the Mercury Dime in the Gold Centennial Series, a collection of 24-karat gold coins marking the 100th anniversary of the Mercury Dime, Walking Liberty Half Dollar, and Standing Liberty quarter.
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