The United States Mint formerly struck circulation silver coins for the nation with actual silver content. The last 90% silver coins left circulation following an Act of Congress in 1964, which makes former circulation coins still in existence valuable as investment options. Right now, 905 Silver Mercury Dimes are available in $1 (USD) face value packages online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you packaged in totals of $1 (USD) face value!
- Includes of a total of ten US Silver Mercury Dimes!
- Consists of .900 actual silver content.
- Bears individual face values of $.10 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- On the obverse of the coins is Adolph A. Weinman’s Winged Liberty design.
- The reverse side of the coins features a Roman fasces with an olive branch.
In this Silver.com listing, you can purchase 90% silver coins once used in circulation in the United States. These 90% Silver Mercury Dimes are packaged together in groups of ten for a total face value of $1 (USD).
Winged Liberty Dimes, also known as Mercury Dimes, were in circulation in the United States from 1916 to 1945. The dime was one of the last American coins in the early 20th century to receive a makeover for its design, with Adolph A. Weinman winning a competition with his Winged Liberty design to replace the former Barber Coinage in use since 1892. The dime was one of two designs from Weinman, along with the Walking Liberty for the half dollar, chosen for US coinage.
On the obverse of the 90% Silver Mercury Dime is the depiction of Winged Liberty. These coins are known as Mercury Dimes because the image of Liberty used here is very similar in appearance to that of the Roman messenger god Mercury. She wears a winged cap known as the Liberty cap, or pileus, and is featured in left-profile relief.
The reverse side of the Silver Mercury Dimes available to you in this listing feature a Roman fasces. This tool was carried by lictors accompanying Roman magistrates and was known as a sign of either war and justice, or strength and unity. In either case, it is softened by the symbolism of peace that is the olive branch wrapped around it.
The Mercury Dime has been out of production for more than a half century. It was replaced in late 1945 by the depiction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt following his death in office during his fourth term. President Roosevelt had launched the March of Dimes to help raise money for a cure for polio, which is why his image was chosen for the dime.
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