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03 Jul 2022

Authenticating rare dimes

Coins-United States | Russ

Hello, ANA. I need some help.
I am going through a collection from a friend of mine and have located what I believe to be a 1916-D Mercury dime. The edges are worn smooth, but under magnification I caught what I believe to be a "D" Mint-mark. I hope you can help me know if it is real or not, like die markers or things like that.
P.S. Here are some pictures of the coin in question:
P.S.S. I used some filters to enhance its appearance, to make the high points and things stand out, but I included a picture of the unfiltered dime from afar as well, along with an up-close unfiltered one as well.



Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Too hard to tell.

Mike

Level 7

Don't give up. Its worth sending in to a TPG!!

user_96057

Level 2

What an awesome find! Maybe it's an error because of the 6 partly covered up by the edge. Good luck!

Kevin Leab

Level 4

I can't tell for sure either. I've enlarged the photos of where the mintmark is supposed to be and I can maybe see what you're thinking is the "D". If that is correct then I'd say the mintmark is out of location. To be sure please take it to a reputable dealer or like the others have said, send it to a TPG...

AC coin$

Level 6

Have you tried the great number of Internet based collecting houses and experts? I rather not point them out here but there are several Worldwide. Best of luck.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

I'm not entirely sure. If you sent it to a grading service they could tell you.

Jackson14

Level 4

I have no idea. If it is a 1916 D then good find.

Longstrider

Level 6

Can't tell. I would say a well worn 1916. The 1916 D is one of the most counterfeited coin out there. Take it to a dealer. Good luck.

Russ

Level 4

After consulting other areas of the web, and further examination, I'm aware that this is just a worn, worn, worn 1916P. I appreciate the undying help of the Numismatists on this site, and look forward to using it again. I just want to say it's the wishful ideas that we have that lead me to this, and it happens to the best of us.

Kepi

Level 6

It sure looked like it could have been a 1916-D. That's what makes this hobby exciting! ; )

Mike

Level 7

After looking at many 1916 D reverses that D is out of place and very very small. Still can't say.

Rebelfire76

Level 4

Definitely hard to tell from the pictures. Would agree with what Mike said, take it to a dealer. That being said, based on what I have and seen, that “D” looks small and out of place compared to what should be there if it is an actual Denver Mint mark.

Russ

Level 4

So do you suspect it's a counterfeit, or are my eyes just being wishful?

Russ

Level 4

ok, Ill take some pictures and add it to the blog soon.

Russ

Level 4

Ok, I added some new pictures in there for you, hope that helps.

Mike

Level 7

I have enlarged it many times. I can't tell. Bring it to a dealer or send it in. A picture of the whole coin would help. Do you have a picture of the date?. I hope for your sake it is but there is no way to verify the mint mark

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