1 Dime "Mercury Dime"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1916-1945
Value 1 Dime = 10 Cents (0.1 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 17.9 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number
N#
51
References KM# 140,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 133
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

An allegory of Liberty wearing a winged Phrygian cap (freedom of thought) is surrounded with the word "LIBERTY" and accompanied with the motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST"

Script: Latin

Lettering: LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1919 AAW

Engraver: Adolph Alexander Weinman

Reverse

A fasces mixed with an olive branch shows both that the United States is prepared for the war and its desire for peace. It is accompanied with the motto "E • PLURIBUS UNUM" and surrounded with the face value and the lettering "UNITED • STATES • OF • AMERICA", with the mintmark to the right of "ONE"

Script: Latin

Lettering:
E • PLURIBUS UNUM
UNITED • STATES • OF • AMERICA
* ONE DIME *
D

Translation:
Out of Many, one
United States of America
* One Dime *
D

Engraver: Adolph Alexander Weinman

Edge

Reeded (118 reeds)

1 Dime "Mercury Dime" -  obverse

© Walter_Scott

Mints

United States Mint of Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint of Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint of San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

An example of a Doubled Die:


The difference between the 1941 small "S" and regular "S" is the distance between the lowest branch and the top of the "S". The distance is larger on the small "S" pieces compared to the large "S" pieces:


1942 / 1942D overdate 2/1

1945S mint mark sizes

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1916  22 180 080 $ 2.70 $ 4.20 $ 4.30 $ 5.50 $ 8.60 $ 17 $ 43 10%
1916 D 264 000 $ 800 $ 1100 0.7%
1916 S 10 450 000 $ 2.70 $ 3.90 $ 5.00 $ 8.00 $ 17 $ 50 $ 85 5%
1917  55 230 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.60 $ 3.50 $ 3.60 $ 18 $ 70 13%
1917 D 9 402 000 $ 2.70 $ 5.00 $ 5.00 $ 10.00 4%
1917 S 27 330 000 $ 2.40 $ 2.40 $ 2.40 $ 4.30 $ 9.20 6%
1918  26 680 000 $ 2.30 $ 2.40 $ 3.90 $ 5.30 $ 5.90 10%
1918 D 22 674 800 $ 2.30 $ 2.90 $ 3.00 $ 3.20 $ 18 5%
1918 S 19 300 000 $ 2.60 $ 3.30 $ 3.90 $ 4.10 $ 4.90 6%
1919  35 740 000 $ 2.10 $ 2.20 $ 2.50 $ 4.80 $ 6.40 10%
1919  0.12% Doubled Die Reverse
1919 D 9 939 000 $ 3.00 $ 4.70 $ 4.70 $ 25 4%
1919 S 8 850 000 $ 2.60 $ 3.20 $ 5.30 $ 11 4%
1920  59 030 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.30 $ 3.00 $ 3.20 $ 4.30 12%
1920 D 19 171 000 $ 2.50 $ 2.50 $ 2.50 $ 7.80 5%
1920 S 13 820 000 $ 2.90 $ 2.90 $ 3.00 $ 4.70 4%
1921  1 230 000 $ 24 $ 49 $ 49 2%
1921 D 1 080 000 $ 35 $ 120 $ 130 1.5%
1923  50 130 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.40 $ 2.50 $ 2.50 $ 5.60 12%
1923 S 6 440 000 $ 2.20 $ 3.00 $ 4.20 $ 5.00 4%
1924  24 010 000 $ 2.30 $ 2.30 $ 2.30 $ 3.40 $ 7.30 9%
1924 D 6 810 000 $ 2.70 $ 3.00 $ 3.00 $ 5.30 4%
1924 S 7 120 000 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 3.20 $ 11 4%
1925  25 610 000 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ 2.50 $ 3.10 $ 6.00 9%
1925 D 5 117 000 $ 2.40 $ 2.50 $ 4.30 $ 4.30 3%
1925 S 5 850 000 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 4%
1926  32 160 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.00 $ 2.30 $ 2.50 $ 3.20 11%
1926 D 6 828 000 $ 2.20 $ 3.80 $ 5.10 $ 5.10 4%
1926 S 1 520 000 $ 9.50 $ 9.50 $ 9.50 $ 9.50 2%
1927  28 080 000 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ 2.70 $ 3.00 $ 3.70 $ 10 $ 48 10%
1927 D 4 812 000 $ 2.20 $ 3.40 $ 3.60 $ 5.80 3%
1927 S 4 770 000 $ 2.40 $ 2.40 $ 2.70 $ 3.40 4%
1928  19 480 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.00 $ 2.40 $ 2.70 $ 4.90 $ 14 $ 130 9%
1928 D 4 161 000 $ 2.70 $ 2.80 $ 3.20 3%
1928 S 7 400 000 $ 2.50 $ 2.90 $ 4.00 $ 4.30 4% Large "S"
1928 S 0.9% Small "S"
1929  25 970 000 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.80 $ 3.00 $ 4.10 $ 12 $ 71 10%
1929 D 5 034 000 $ 2.70 $ 2.90 $ 3.00 $ 3.80 $ 6.10 4%
1929 S 4 730 000 $ 2.30 $ 2.30 $ 3.40 $ 3.60 $ 4.90 4%
1929 S 0.13% Doubled Die Obverse
1930  6 770 000 $ 2.50 $ 2.50 $ 3.40 $ 4.10 5%
1930 S 1 843 000 $ 1.90 $ 3.70 $ 3.70 $ 3.70 3%
1931  3 150 000 $ 1.90 $ 3.50 $ 3.50 $ 4.00 $ 8.70 4%
1931 D 1 260 000 $ 5.90 $ 6.40 $ 9.90 $ 16 3%
1931 S 1 800 000 $ 1.90 $ 3.00 $ 5.70 $ 5.70 $ 11 3%
1931 S 0.13% Doubled Die Obverse
1934  24 080 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.50 $ 3.20 $ 3.70 $ 9.00 $ 21 9%
1934 D 6 772 000 $ 2.40 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 $ 6.00 5%
1935  58 830 000 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.20 $ 2.70 $ 3.20 $ 5.00 $ 36 16%
1935 D 10 477 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.00 $ 2.20 $ 2.90 $ 4.20 6%
1935 S 15 840 000 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 7%
1936  87 504 130 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ 2.10 $ 2.50 $ 3.50 $ 4.10 $ 20 18%
1936  0.4% Doubled Die Obverse
1936  4 130 0.4% Proof
1936 D 16 132 000 $ 1.80 $ 2.00 $ 2.70 $ 2.80 $ 3.00 7%
1936 S 9 210 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.50 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 5%
1937  56 865 756 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.50 $ 3.30 $ 5.70 $ 30 16%
1937  0.19% Doubled Die Obverse
1937  5 756 0.15% Proof
1937 D 14 146 000 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.40 $ 3.10 $ 4.10 $ 7.70 $ 41 7%
1937 S 9 740 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.20 $ 2.90 $ 3.20 $ 7.90 $ 29 6%
1937 S 0.14% Doubled Die Obverse
1938  22 198 728 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.70 $ 3.90 $ 7.60 $ 16 10%
1938  8 728 0.3% Proof
1938 D 5 537 000 $ 2.20 $ 3.10 $ 3.10 $ 3.50 $ 14 $ 65 5%
1938 S 8 090 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 $ 4.90 $ 7.80 $ 33 5%
1939  67 749 321 $ 1.90 $ 2.20 $ 2.40 $ 2.60 $ 2.80 $ 4.70 $ 12 17%
1939  0.3% Doubled Die Obverse
1939  9 321 0.3% Proof
1939 D Photo 24 394 000 $ 2.60 $ 2.60 $ 3.10 $ 3.70 $ 4.40 $ 9.80 9%
1939 S 10 540 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 $ 6.30 $ 21 6%
1940  65 361 827 $ 2.00 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.40 $ 3.10 $ 3.80 $ 13 17%
1940  11 827 0.5% Proof
1940 D 21 198 000 $ 1.80 $ 2.20 $ 2.20 $ 2.70 $ 2.90 $ 5.40 $ 6.00 9%
1940 S 21 560 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.20 $ 2.20 $ 2.80 $ 2.80 $ 5.90 $ 12 9%
1941  175 106 557 $ 2.00 $ 2.00 $ 2.20 $ 2.50 $ 3.00 $ 3.00 $ 6.30 29%
1941  0.6% Doubled Die Obverse
1941  16 557 $ 140 0.5% Proof
1941 D 45 634 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.40 $ 2.70 $ 2.80 $ 5.30 $ 11 13%
1941 D 0.2% Doubled Die Obverse
1941 S 43 090 000 $ 2.20 $ 2.20 $ 3.10 $ 3.10 $ 3.10 $ 21 7% Large "S"
1941 S $ 2.50 $ 2.60 $ 3.10 $ 3.10 $ 4.40 $ 15 7% Small "S"
1942  205 432 329 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.70 $ 2.90 $ 4.90 $ 9.90 31%
1942  0.09% Overdate variety 42/41 (see comments)
1942  22 329 $ 140 0.9% Proof
1942 D 60 740 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.10 $ 2.30 $ 2.50 $ 2.90 $ 3.80 $ 10 14%
1942 D 0.04% Overdate variety 42/41 (see comments)
1942 S 49 300 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.60 $ 3.30 $ 6.40 $ 8.30 13%
1943  191 710 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.20 $ 2.20 $ 2.30 $ 3.00 $ 4.40 $ 8.30 31%
1943 D 71 949 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.50 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 $ 14 15%
1943 S 60 400 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.40 $ 2.60 $ 3.00 $ 4.00 $ 11 14%
1944  231 410 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.30 $ 3.20 $ 4.30 $ 9.60 33%
1944 D 62 224 000 $ 2.30 $ 2.30 $ 2.60 $ 2.60 $ 2.70 $ 2.70 $ 16 14%
1944 S 49 490 000 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ 2.40 $ 2.80 $ 2.90 $ 4.70 $ 15 12%
1945  159 130 000 $ 1.80 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ 2.50 $ 3.00 $ 3.90 $ 9.60 26%
1945 D 40 245 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.00 $ 2.50 $ 2.50 $ 2.60 $ 5.30 $ 15 11%
1945 S 41 920 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.40 $ 2.40 $ 2.90 $ 2.90 $ 4.90 $ 17 11% Larger "S"; see comments
1945 S $ 2.90 $ 3.20 $ 7.00 $ 9.90 $ 53 3% Very small "S"; see comments

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Sold price
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dime "Mercury Dime"
Katz
Auction 67
Lot 3275
Internet Archive
Sep 24, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 141.22
(EUR 132.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dime "Mercury Dime"
Katz
Auction 57
Lot 955
Internet Archive
Mar 19, 2022 Undetermined AU USD 42.79
(EUR 40.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dime "Mercury Dime"
Katz
Auction 106
Lot 1120
Internet Archive
Dec 27, 2023 Undetermined XF USD 20.33
(EUR 19.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
The lot includes several items.
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dime "Mercury Dime"Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dime "Mercury Dime"
Katz
Auction 112
Lot 2413
Internet Archive
Feb 10, 2024 Undetermined VF USD 18.19
(EUR 17.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
The lot includes several items.
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dime "Mercury Dime"
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1166
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined USD 50.28
(EUR 47.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
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