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Lot 1645

1937 Mercury Dime. PCGS graded Proof 65 PQ. 1st generation holder. This sharp Proof has two small toned spots on the cap and another below the chin (PCGS # 5072) .

Numismatist David Proskey thought that the profile of Liberty as modeled on the dimes introduced in 1916 resembled Mercury. "The new dime is far more beautiful than any since the 1807 issue," he said upon its first appearance in 1916, "but not nearly so beautiful in execution nor so appropriate in design as any of the issues from 1796 to 1807. The profile of Liberty is strongly masculine as to chin. The Phrygian cap, typical of Liberty, is adorned with a wing similar to that we are accustomed to see on the cap of Mercury. It may be suggested therefrom our Liberty is of fleeting character, or mayhap depending upon the development of our flying warships, both aerial and naval."

The new dime of 1916 was christened with many pet names. Some people called it the "golf dime" because the fasces resembled a golf bag. Others referred to is as the "Wilson dime," a misinterpretation of the small "W" on the obverse.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.

Realized $633

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