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Lot 1320

1916-D Mercury Dime. NGC graded MS-64 Full Bands. Brilliant white. This brilliant near-Gem is superbly impressed from the dies with undeniable Full Bands detail. Free of bothersome abrasions, and eagerly awaiting inclusion in a specialized collection of this ever-popular 20th century silver series.

The Denver Mint did not begin Dime production in 1916 until the calendar advanced to November. During that month, the facility struck 264,000 examples of this denomination. Almost as soon as this task was complete, orders arrived to switch production to the old Barber quarter dollar in order to fill an urgent request for that denomination. No more of the new Mercury dimes would be struck in Denver this year, with the result that the 1916-D boasts the lowest mintage in the entire Mercury series. Since this mintage is also one of the lowest for all denominations struck in the 20th century, it is little wonder that the '16-D dime has long been one of the most popular coins in all of numismatics.

Adolph A. Weinman's Winged Liberty Head or "Mercury" dime debuted in 1916 during the era in which the United States introduced some of its most impressive coinage designs. Indeed, this is probably the most popular of all U.S. dime series, and it has a strong following among both Registry Set collectors and numismatists on a stricter budget. The rarest dates of this Type are this first-year 1916-D, the 1921 and 1921-D. The final-year 1945 is the key to a Full Bands set, while the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates are scarce-to-rare varieties that are always near the top of collectors' want lists. Pop 72; 29 finer; 22 in 65; 5 in 66; 2 in 67. (PCGS # 4907) .
Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000.


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