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1942 United States Silver Mercury Dime 10 Cents

OBVERSE
1942 United States Silver Mercury Dime 10 Cents
REVERSE
1942 United States Silver Mercury Dime 10 Cents
ITEM NOTES
GENERAL
Type:  United States Silver Mercury Dime 10 Cents 
Origin:  United States  Cat. Num.:  KM# 140 
Era / Ruler:  United States  Face Value:  10 Cents 
Issued from:  1916  Issued until:  1945 
Alignment:  Coin !¡   Desgr. / Engr.:  Adolph A. Weinman 
Obverse:  Winged-capped Liberty 
Reverse:  Fasces 
Edge:  Reeded 
ISSUE
Year: 1942
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 205,432,329
Scarcity:
10/100
 
Valuation:
20/100
 
Notes:
Grades & Prices available: ?
-> (VF) Sold
-> (VF+)
$3.99
-> (EF)
$5.50
-> (AU) Sold
-> (UNC) Sold
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SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight(g): 2.5000g
Weight(Oz): 0.08 Oz
Net Content: 0.07 Oz (2.25g)
Bullion Value: $1.09
Diameter: 17.90mm
Thickness:
DESCRIPTION

Although most commonly referred to as the "Mercury" dime, the coin does not depict the Roman messenger god. The obverse figure is a depiction of the mythological goddess Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, a classic symbol of liberty and freedom, with its wings intended to symbolize freedom of thought. Designed by noted sculptor Adolph A. Weinman, the Winged Liberty Head dime is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful U.S. coin designs ever produced. The composition (90 percent silver, 10 percent copper) and diameter (17.9 millimeters) of the "Mercury" dime was unchanged from the Barber dime.

Weinman (who had studied under Augustus Saint-Gaudens) won a 1915 competition against two other artists for the design job, and is thought to have modeled his version of Liberty on Elsie Kachel Stevens, wife of noted poet Wallace Stevens. The reverse design, a fasces juxtaposed with an olive branch, was intended to symbolize America's readiness for war, combined with its desire for peace. The fasces symbol was later officially adopted by Benito Mussolini and his National Fascist Party, though this was the fourth party with a name invoking the fasces (in Italian: fascio) to which Mussolini had belonged. The symbol was also common in American iconography and has generally avoided any stigma associated with its usage in wartime Italy.

The 1916-D issue of only 264,000 coins is highly sought after, due largely to the fact that the overwhelming majority of the dimes struck at the Denver Mint in 1916 carried the pre-existing Barber design. Thus, the 1916-D is worth up to thousands of dollars if it is in relatively fine condition. A considerable number of common 1916 Philadelphia mint dimes have been altered with a "D" added, so buyers should be careful to purchase only from reputable dealers or to accept only sealed and graded coins.

Many coins in the "Mercury" series exhibit striking defects, most notably the fact that the line separating the two horizontal bands in the center of the fasces is often missing, in whole or in part; the 1945 issue of the Philadelphia Mint hardly ever appears with this line complete from left to right, and as a result, such coins are worth more than usual for uncirculated specimens. A valuable variety is an overdate, where 1942 was stamped over a 1941 die at the Philadelphia mint. A less obvious example from the same year is from the Denver mint.

Of particular interest to numismatics is the condition of the horizontal bands tying together the bundle on the fasces, on the coin's reverse. On well-struck examples, separation exists within the two sets of bands (known as Full Split Bands). Coins exhibiting this feature are typically valued higher than those without it.

PRICE RANGE ?
Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1916 22,180,080 $3.75 $6.50 $10.00 $12.50 $21.50 $31 $120
1916D 264,000 $1100 $2800 $5000 $6000 $9600 $13300 $26600
1916S 10,450,000 $4.25 $10.00 $20.50 $26 $36 $47 $220
1917 55,230,000 $2.00 $2.75 $7.00 $8.50 $18.50 $29 $160
1917D 9,402,000 $4.25 $11.50 $39 $55 $90 $130 $1200
1917S 27,330,000 $2.25 $3.75 $10.50 $14.50 $29 $65 $475
1918 26,680,000 $2.75 $6.00 $23.50 $35 $55 $75 $425
1918D 22,674,800 $3.00 $5.50 $22.50 $33 $70 $110 $650
1918S 19,300,000 $2.75 $4.25 $17.50 $24.50 $65 $100 $700
1919 35,740,000 $2.25 $3.25 $9.00 $12.50 $25 $38 $325
1919D 9,939,000 $3.75 $12.50 $36 $47 $120 $190 $2200
1919S 8,850,000 $3.25 $8.50 $30 $43 $85 $190 $1300
1920 59,030,000 $2.00 $2.50 $6.50 $9.00 $18.50 $29 $240
1920D 19,171,000 $2.75 $5.50 $16.50 $24.50 $49 $120 $800
1920S 13,820,000 $2.75 $4.25 $15.00 $21.50 $43 $120 $1400
1921 1,230,000 $65 $120 $425 $550 $850 $1200 $3100
1921D 1,080,000 $85 $220 $550 $700 $1000 $1300 $3000
1923 50,130,000 $2.00 $2.75 $6.00 $7.50 $18.00 $29 $120
1923S 6,440,000 $3.00 $7.50 $47 $80 $120 $170 $1200
1924 24,010,000 $2.00 $3.00 $9.50 $14.00 $28 $43 $180
1924D 6,810,000 $3.25 $7.00 $43 $65 $120 $180 $1100
1924S 7,120,000 $3.25 $4.50 $37 $65 $120 $180 $1200
1925 25,610,000 $2.00 $2.75 $7.00 $9.50 $19.00 $29 $220
1925D 5,117,000 $4.25 $12.50 $90 $140 $250 $375 $1800
1925S 5,850,000 $2.75 $7.50 $50 $90 $140 $190 $1500
1926 32,160,000 $2.00 $2.75 $4.75 $6.50 $12.50 $26 $250
1926D 6,828,000 $3.25 $5.50 $21.50 $33 $80 $130 $600
1926S 1,520,000 $13.00 $30 $180 $300 $600 $900 $2800
1927 28,080,000 $2.00 $2.75 $5.00 $6.50 $12.50 $27 $140
1927D 4,812,000 $3.25 $8.00 $55 $90 $140 $180 $1300
1927S 4,770,000 $2.50 $5.50 $21.00 $33 $65 $300 $1500
1928 19,480,000 $2.00 $3.25 $6.50 $7.50 $9.50 $28 $130
1928D 4,161,000 $4.00 $9.50 $39 $60 $120 $180 $900
1928S Large S 7,400,000 $3.00 $4.75 $27 $41 $85 $230 $800
1928S Small S 7,400,000 $2.25 $3.25 $13.00 $19.50 $39 $130 $450
1929 25,970,000 $2.00 $3.75 $6.00 $7.00 $9.50 $21.50 $65
1929D 5,034,000 $2.25 $4.25 $12.00 $15.50 $21.50 $28 $80
1929S 4,730,000 $2.25 $2.50 $6.50 $7.50 $14.50 $33 $95
1929S Dble Die 4,730,000 $5.50 $16.50 $33 $41 $70 $95 $300
1930 6,770,000 $2.00 $2.75 $6.00 $7.50 $17.00 $27 $130
1930S 1,843,000 $2.75 $5.50 $13.00 $19.50 $39 $85 $210
1931 3,150,000 $2.50 $3.75 $9.00 $13.00 $23.00 $34 $140
1931 Dble Die 3,150,000 $65 $75 $110 $140 $500
1931D 1,260,000 $9.50 $15.50 $34 $47 $75 $110 $300
1931S 1,800,000 $4.25 $6.00 $17.00 $22.50 $45 $100 $300
1931S Dble Die 1,800,000 $8.00 $13.50 $31 $36 $90 $150 $450
1934 24,080,000 $1.75 $2.00 $5.00 $7.00 $13.50 $30 $43
1934D 6,772,000 $2.25 $3.50 $11.00 $14.50 $33 $55 $80
1935 58,830,000 $1.50 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $7.50 $10.50 $31
1935D 10,477,000 $1.75 $3.25 $10.00 $13.50 $26 $38 $85
1935S 15,840,000 $2.00 $2.25 $4.50 $6.00 $11.50 $24.50 $38
1936 87,504,130 $1.75 $2.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.00 $9.50 $27 $2000
1936 Dble Die 87,504,130 $2.50 $8.50 $20.50 $26 $38 $55 $170
1936D 16,132,000 $1.75 $2.50 $7.00 $9.00 $18.50 $29 $55
1936S 9,210,000 $1.50 $2.25 $4.75 $6.50 $13.50 $20.50 $34
1937 56,865,756 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.50 $24.50 $850
1937 Dble Die 56,865,756 $8.00 $9.50 $15.00 $20.50 $65
1937D 14,146,000 $1.75 $2.25 $4.75 $6.50 $14.50 $22.50 $44
1937S 9,740,000 $1.50 $2.25 $4.50 $6.00 $14.00 $22.50 $37
1937S Dble Die 9,740,000 $7.00 $8.50 $18.50 $29 $85
1938 22,198,728 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $9.00 $13.50 $26 $500
1938D 5,537,000 $2.00 $3.50 $6.00 $6.50 $12.50 $18.50 $35
1938S 8,090,000 $1.75 $3.00 $4.50 $5.50 $10.50 $21.50 $38
1939 67,749,321 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.50 $9.50 $26 $450
1939 Dble Die 67,749,321 $5.50 $6.50 $10.50 $14.50 $36
1939D 24,394,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.00 $27
1939S 10,540,000 $1.75 $2.50 $5.50 $7.00 $16.50 $26 $55
1940 65,361,827 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.00 $31 $350
1940D 21,198,000 $1.25 $2.00 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.50 $33
1940S 21,560,000 $1.25 $2.00 $3.75 $4.75 $6.50 $9.00 $33
1941 175,106,557 $1.50 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.00 $31 $350
1941 Dble Die 175,106,557 $13.50 $16.50 $36 $60 $150
1941D 45,634,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.50 $23.50
1941D Dble Die 45,634,000 $12.00 $14.50 $22.50 $31 $95
1941S Dble Die 43,090,000 $2.00 $3.25 $4.75 $5.50 $12.00 $18.50 $55
1941S Large S 43,090,000 $2.75 $8.50 $20.50 $26 $55 $120 $275
1941S Small S 43,090,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.50 $31
1942 205,432,329 $1.50 $2.25 $3.75 $5.50 $6.50 $7.50 $24.50 $350
1942/41 205,432,329 $500 $650 $700 $700 $1700 $2700 $15600
1942/41D 60,740,000 $500 $700 $850 $900 $1800 $2800 $9700
1942D 60,740,000 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.50 $28
1942S 49,300,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.50 $10.00 $24.50
1943 191,710,000 $1.50 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.00 $32
1943D 71,949,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.00 $31
1943S 60,400,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $9.50 $27
1944 231,410,000 $1.50 $2.25 $5.50 $9.50 $7.50 $8.50 $23.50
1944D 62,224,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.00 $23.50
1944S 49,490,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $8.00 $31
1945 159,130,000 $1.50 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.00 $23.50
1945D 40,245,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.00 $24.50
1945S 41,920,000 $1.75 $1.75 $3.75 $4.75 $6.00 $7.50 $24.50
1945S micro S 41,920,000 $3.25 $6.50 $11.50 $13.50 $21.00 $29 $120
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