The Mercury Head Dime is the most collected series of all dime series. They are great for experienced and new collectors alike. The original design was one of 2 accepted from Adolph Weinman for coin series. Silver Mercury Dimes were not collected extensively early on so many early year specimens are in well circulated condition. However, well preserved mercury dimes are still to be had.

2 billion plus silver mercury dimes were struck between 1916 and 1945.

Mercury Head Dime Mintage
 
Mercury Head Dime
  • Designed by: Adolph A. Weinman
  • Issue dates: 1916-1945
  • Composition: 0.900 part silver, 0.100 part copper
  • Diameter: 17.9 mm
  • Weight: 38.58 grams
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Business strike mintage: 2,677,153,880
  • Proof mintage: 78,648
Mercury Dime Mintage
  • Date Mint Pop
  • 1916 P 22,180,080
  • 1916 D 264,000
  • 1916 S 10,450,000
  • 1917 P 55,230,000
  • 1917 D 9,402,000
  • 1917 S 27,330,000
  • 1918 P 26,680,000
  • 1918 D 22,674,800
  • 1918 S 19,300,000
  • 1919 P 35,740,000
  • 1919 D 9,939,000
  • 1919 S 8,850,000
  • 1920 P 59,030,000
  • 1920 D 19,171,000
  • 1920 S 13,820,000
  • 1921 P 1,230,000
  • 1921 D 1,080,000
  • 1923 P 50,130,000
  • 1923 S 6,440,000
  • 1924 P 24,010,000
  • 1924 D 6,810,000
  • 1924 S 7,120,000
  • 1925 P 25,610,000
  • 1925 D 5,117,000
  • 1925 S 5,850,000
  • 1926 P 32,160,000
  • 1926 D 6,828,000
  • 1926 S 1,520,000
  • 1927 P 28,080,000
  • 1927 D 4,812,000
  • 1927 S 4,770,000
  • 1928 P 19,480,000
  • 1928 D 4,161,000
  • 1928 S 4,100,000
  • 1929 P 25,970,000
  • 1929 D 5,034,000
  • 1929 S 4,730,000
  • 1930 P 6,770,000
  • 1930 S 1,843,000
  • 1931 P 3,150,000
  • 1931 D 1,260,000
  • 1931 S 1,800,000
  • 1934 P 24,080,000
  • 1934 D 6,772,000
  • 1935 P 58,830,000
  • 1935 D 10,477,000
  • 1935 S 15,840,000
  • 1936 P 87,504,130
  • 1936 D 16,132,000
  • 1936 S 9,210,000
  • 1937 P 56,865,756
  • 1937 D 14,146,000
  • 1937 S 9,740,000
  • 1938 P 22,198,728
  • 1938 D 5,537,000
  • 1938 S 8,090,000
  • 1939 P 67,749,321
  • 1939 D 24,394,000
  • 1939 S 10,540,000
  • 1940 P 65,361,827
  • 1940 D 21,198,000
  • 1940 S 21,560,000
  • 1941 P 175,106,557
  • 1941 D 45,634,000
  • 1941 S 43,090,000
  • 1942 P 205,432,329
  • 1942 D 60,740,000
  • 1942 S 49,300,000
  • 1943 P 191,710,000
  • 1943 D 71,949,000
  • 1943 S 60,400,000
  • 1944 P 231,410,000
  • 1944 D 62,224,000
  • 1944 S 49,490,000
  • 1945 P 159,130,000
  • 1945 D 40,245,000
  • 1945 S 41,920,000
  

Proofs

Approximately 78,000 Proof quality Silver Mercury Dimes were struck, all in years 1936 thru 1942..

Errors

Perhaps the best know error in the Mercury series is the 1942/1 "overdate". These were produced at both Denver and Philadelphia with the Philadelphia variety having popularity near the 1916-D.

The “Micro S” variety where many 1945 dated coins have a smaller “S” mint mark and sell for a slight premium over regular “S” coins.