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03 Sep 2020

Dimes Part 7

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In 1916 the last of the Liberty Head, or Barber dimes were struck, and the first Winged Liberty Head, or “Mercury,” dimes were struck. Over 30 million of the Winged Liberty Head dimes were struck all together at the San Francisco, Philadelphia and Denver mint. The Denver mint, however, only struck 264,000 dimes, making the largest key date in the series, with a G-4 being worth $800, and $25,000 at an MS-65. The design for the obverse of the dime is a bust of Liberty, facing her right. On her head is the phrygian cap, seen in previous series, with wings to symbolize freedom of thought. A common misconception is that Liberty is the Roman god Mercury, however it is just another personification of Liberty. The designer, a sculptor named Adolph Weinman, won a competition in 1915 for the design of the coin. He designed the bust of Liberty after Elsie Stevens, the wife of a poet. The reverse depicts a fasces, intertwined with an olive branch, and was designed to show America’s preparedness and readiness for war, yet the desire for peace. The mint mark is on the reverse, to the bottom left of the fasces. The Winged Head Liberty dime is considered to be the most beautiful coin the US has ever minted. After the Denver mint only produced a quarter of a million dimes, it was relatively stable until 1921, where it made one million dimes, and the Philadelphia mint only made around 200,000 more, making the biggest Philadelphia mint key date, and the second biggest Denver key date. Philadelphia’s 1921 dimes are worth $45 in a G-4, and reaching a few thousand in higher grades, where the Denver mint is a little more valuable, reaching $60 in a G-4, but leveling out with Philadelphia's in the higher grades. The San Francisco mint did not make any dimes in 1921. During the recession following the end of WWI, the mint had an excess of dimes, as well as other coins, in storage, and not having a need for new ones, simply only minted a little, causing the key dates in 1921 as well as causing San Francisco to not make any, and no dimes, nickels, quarters, half dollars were struck in 1922, therefore all dimes struck during that year are counterfeits. All mints that year were only making Peace Dollars and Lincoln Cents. The Denver mint also did not mint any coins into 1923, and all 1923-D dimes are counterfeit. Production resumed, and all was normal, until in 1930, the Denver mint again did not make any dimes, and again, all 1930-D dimes are counterfeit.


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Mike

Level 7

Bibliography!! We're did you get your information. Some of us would like to read more.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Please use a paragraph form, it makes the blog more easily readable and understandable. When you present lots of numbers and information, not using paragraphs makes it really difficult to understand and undermines the good work you are trying to do.

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

I like the topic and the info, but it sounds like according to feedback posts that something is being over-done?

Bibliography?

Kepi

Level 6

Too much...

Golfer

Level 5

Would like a 1916 D dime. Not a real collector of dimes though. Always nice to learn more.

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