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SERIES: Mercury Dimes 1916-1945
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1916 10C Mercury (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
4904
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
22,180,080
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$1,998 • NGC MS67+ • 11-15-2013 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 10,000 R-3.0 40 / 80 TIE 40 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 27 / 80 TIE 27 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 36 / 80 TIE 36 / 80 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 estimated grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The first year of issue for the widely collected Mercury dime series. Many were saved as it was the first year of issue, so this date is available in all grades. Uncirculated examples are not rare, but are of course rarer than the 1934-1945 late dates. Gem MS65 examples are more available than any other pre-1934 Mercury dime.

Most mint state examples have fully struck reverse crossbands, and most are indeed sharply struck throughout. Luster is typically satiny, as opposed to the more frosty, milky-like luster of the later isuues.