Mercury dimes, which incidentally were not designed by Queen’s Freddy Mercury, are one of the most beautiful U.S. coins ever minted, in my opinion. Unlike years before where the US had matching dimes, quarters and halves, the mercury dime shared time with the standing liberty quarter and the walking liberty half, making the design unique to the silver dime. The winged head on the front and the cool “Axe” looking thing wrapped in vines on the reverse are just a pleasure to look at. Here are the more valuable dates and variations to be aware of as you pull these out of the ground.
“I always knew I was a star And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me.” – Freddie Mercury (Dime)
The first year of the mercury dime was 1916 and only a mere 264,000 were minted in Denver. The “D” mint mark is on the reverse, in the tiny space to the right of the word “ONE” at the bottom. Look carefully. I’ve dug ten or so 1916s over the years and am still hoping to see that valuable “D” on one of my own.
These are worth $350 or more in average dug condition.