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29 May 2018

**Unusual Toning Pattern** Mercury Dime**

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I have a short blog for you guys today. A Mercury Dime that I won at auction. ( Now that's a surprise, right!) I thought it had some really cool, unusual and angular toning patterns on it. It's a 1945-D, the last year of the Mercury Dimes. Graded by PCGS as a MS66. Unfortunately no full bands this time. For some reason the percentage of full band specimens for this year is lower than usual for a "D" Mint mark dime of the 1940's. This year also had a mintage of 40,245,000. It ranks 55 out of the 77 Non-Proof Mercury Dimes from lowest to highest. The Reverse is a blast white finish, while the Obverse is what caught my eye. It seems to me that perhaps this dime was on an "end" of a roll, causing such angular looking tone patterns and lines. I've seen these type of toning patterns usually on Morgans and Peace Dollars...not too much on Mercury Dimes, so feel quite happy to have this one in my collection. Thanks for looking at my blog. All comments are welcome.

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21 May 2018

**Not Just Another Pretty Face**

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I thought I would show off my new addition to my Mercury Dime collection. Now I told myself, cut back on the auctions...take a break. But no...I just had to take a peek at the Dimes on one of my favorites auction houses. There it was, a 1916 Mercury Dime with some amazing and I think unusual toning. Graded by PCGS as a MS64 Full Bands. Oh yeah, this one had my name all over it! There was a bidding war though. About 9 people were interested but not serious... ; ) haha I especially wanted this one as it has Full Bands. I have found that there are alot of pretty Mercury Dimes out there, but not too many that have split bands as well. Toning and Full Bands, can't get better than that... Well, I guess it could have been a 1916 "D"...... ; ) haha Hope you enjoyed my blog! All comments are welcome.

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17 Apr 2018

**The Perfect Gift!**.........

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As many of you already know, Mercury Dimes are by far my favorite U.S. Coin to collect. Especially with any toning or color on them. I also happen to think that I'm the luckiest girl in the world because I have a great husband who knows what I like! ; ) This came in handy one auction evening a couple of weeks ago before our 32nd Wedding Anniversary... As my husband discreetly viewed the Mercury Dimes on one of our favorite auction sites, he must have thought, "This dime is the perfect gift! No driving to stores, no shopping, no returning gifts...no Oh...you shouldn't have..." haha Now all he had to do was place a winning bid. With that detail out of the way, it now resides at home in my collection. Needless to say I love this beautiful gift and I love my husband! So....This is a 1945-S Mercury Dime. Graded by PCGS as a MS65. Gorgeous rainbow toning on the obverse and blast white on the reverse...How in the world does that happen? Now for a fun fact... Even in its final years, this coin had real buying power. With a Mercury Dime in their pocket, kids in the1940s had their choice of a 52-page comic book, a double-dip ice cream cone, two Hershey bars or two bottles of Coca-Cola. Myself, I'd take the ice cream cone hands down! Hope you enjoyed my blog. Comments are always welcome. ; )

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17 Feb 2018

**Beautiful Blue**

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Hi Everyone, Just a short blog tonight as I wanted to share with you my latest addition to my toned Mercury Dime Collection! This one comes from an auction I recently won. It is a 1942 Mercury Dime or "Winged Liberty Head". Graded by NGC as a MS62. Unfortunately no Full Bands, but to me the toning makes up for that. It shows amazing blue, violet and orange tones on the reverse... While the obverse is more golden. There's something about these Mercury Dimes from the 1940's that seem to really tone beautifully, more so than other dates. Any ideas on why this might be? I hope you enjoyed my blog! Any comments are welcomed! Please note that scratches are on the holder...not the coin.

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31 Jan 2018

**1943 Winged Liberty Toned**

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I've been browsing some of my favorite auction sites and found this 1943 Mercury Dime, also called "Winged Liberty Head" with some really great toning! ( Which is one of my weaknesses...love those tones!) It's graded by PCGS and is an MS65. The designer is Adolph A. Weinman. It has a weight of 2.50 grams, a composition of .900 silver and .100 copper, a diameter of 17.9 mm, a reeded edge and mints out of Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. The wings on Liberty's cap are meant to symbolize "Liberty of Thought"....Something all Americans should embrace. I hope you enjoyed my blog! Any comments are always welcome.

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25 Oct 2017

**Another 1940's Beauty**

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Hey Everybody, I thought you might enjoy another one of my toned Mercury Dimes. This one I also won at auction. It's a 1941*** AU 58 graded by NGC. This wasn't an expensive piece but I thought the toning was kinda wild! You'll notice it was minted in the 1940's like my other one...and again it has toned also. Whats with the 1940's and the toning of Mercury Dimes? I don't know but whatever it is I love it! ; ) Enjoy and have a great day!

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24 Oct 2017

**Now that's what I call toning!**

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You know I'm a push over for a beautifully toned Mercury Dime. These are my favorite of all the US coinage. So when this one came up for auction I couldn't resist. It's a 1945- D graded MS 66. It almost looks like full bands although the grader didn't specify that. It has an icy feeling with those blue and purple hues. It seems that for some reason there are a lot of toned Mercury Dimes dated in the 1940's. Hope you enjoy the photo's!

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29 Jul 2017

*Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder*...Toned Mercury Dime

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As you might know I have a weakness for toned Mercury Dimes... After a back and forth bidding war to the last few seconds I came out victorious! ( Without going over budget ) Whew! I was happy about that as I really wanted this beauty! It's a 1937 Mercury Dime MS66FB toned. I have to say the photo's on the auction site didn't do to it justice, although beautiful, when I had the actual dime in my hands the colors were even more brilliant and vivid than I could have imagined! : ) I wanted to share with all of you this beautiful coin!

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10 Sep 2016

Great Finds On Mercury Dimes

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It's been awhile since I put up a blog so I decided to share my newest finds on one of my favorite coins...Mercury Dimes. I bought these raw at my local coin dealer. I love toned coins so my eyes saw these even before my brain had time to realize they were in my hands, bought and on their way to their new home! ANACS was running a special so I decided what the heck...I sent them in for fun really and waited and waited... Finally they arrived and to my excitement they were BEAUTIFUL!!! Grading at MS67 and MS66 FSB. I was so pleased! Has anyone ever sent in a coin for grading then went through that "stress" of wondering what it will come back as...not knowing if perhaps it's been altered, a fake, low grade or just PERFECT!!!

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