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Mercury Irradiated Dime

Picked up this nice example of an Irradiated Dime in its original holder.  It even still has its plastic cover.  The history behind these is very interesting, the program ended when silver dimes left circulation as the folks that got these made, provided their own dime, for the most part. 

https://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/medalsmementoes/dimes.htm

1 month ago

I used to see these every so often, but always FDR dimes. This is the 1st Mercury dime I've seen in such a holder.

1 month ago

I think that since, for the most part, people provided their own dimes, that the Mercury Dimes were from the early to mid 50s when Mercury Dimes were still common in circulation.  The later big plastic holders seem to have a lot less Mercury Dimes.  I even saw one with a Barber Dime, but the seller wanted a huge amount.  

The Neil Armstrong collection has one encased by NGC for an even more crazy price.  Just because Neil Armstrong owned it. 

Having said all that, these would be EZ to fake, just fill the empty holder with a silver dime or take out the Roosevelt and put in the Mercury.  The only way to tell for sure is to use a geiger counter.  Not very practical for most of us. 

1 month ago

I have one of those "radioactive" Roosevelt dimes. It looks pretty cool with that red and yellow bio-hazard label.

17 days ago

I thought I read that the radioactive goes away after a period of time.

17 days ago

The half life of the irradiated silver is only 22 seconds so it will very quickly become undetectable, no more than the background radiation that we all wander through every day. 

16 days ago

Thanks for the information. The one picture through me if with the symbol for radiation. I knew it couldn't last long I believe you said it. We learn all the time. I also agree the prices will drop on the Apollo 11 coins. I saw the P.C.G.S. slab. I know we should be looking at the coin but I just didn't care for it. It was also forty dollars cheaper than NGC. Mike

16 days ago

I can not wait to buy one, I always find them at flea markets and garage sale, and knowing exactly what they are has finally made my decisions, thanks for all of the information.

15 days ago
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