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1916 Mercury Dime. MS-68+ FB (PCGS). CAC.

Original Lot at Stack's Bowers

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Stack's Bowers Auction August 2020 U.S. Coins Auction Aug-2020 Pristine Ultra Gem 1916 Mercury Dime The Sole Finest at PCGS 1916 Mercury Dime. MS-68+ FB (PCGS). CAC. Essentially flawless and absolutely captivating to examine in-hand. The complexion is overall brilliant and platinum-white, accented by splashes of crimson, emerald and olive iridescence at the borders. The obverse boasts a uniformly satiny texture, while a subtle reflectivity shimmers in the reverse fields. Sharply defined and fully untouched beneath a glass. It represents the very pinnacle for the issue, standing alone at the top of the PCGS Population Report. Charles E. Barber's design for the dime, quarter, and half dollar finally reached the end of the line and were due for replacement in 1916. The new design for the dime was created by Adolph A. Weinman, who chose to feature a bust of Liberty wearing a cap with small wings on the side to represent Freedom of Thought and Expression and the soaring American spirit. The reverse bears a representation of the Roman fasces lictoriae, a bundle of rods surrounding an ax representing magisterial power and authority, with an olive branch wrapped around representing the hope for peace in a world consumed in the First World War. The intended interpretation of the obverse design was missed by the general public, who quickly came to call them Mercury dimes, never mind that the Roman god Mercury wore an entirely different style of headpiece called a petasos. However, it is by that moniker that the coin is most commonly known. PCGS Population: 1; none finer. A single coin is listed at MS-68+ FB on the NGC Census. PCGS# 4905. NGC ID: 23GX. Click here for certification details from PCGS. Image with the PCGS TrueView logo is obtained from and is subject to a license agreement with Collectors Universe, Inc. and its divisions PCGS and PSA.

PCGS Set Registry

This coin is currently in the Set Registry inventory of MADHATTER and is featured in one or more sets, including MERC MADNESS.