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Mercury dimes. Is there any thing interesting in them?

 
 
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 Posted 07/01/2018  02:35 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Mercury dimes. Is there any thing interesting in them?

You probably have felt this way in the past. Or if you are younger, this maybe something you've not seen yet. It is one of the nicest designs for a small Lady Liberty coin. One of my favorites to find as a child. Now they are probably mostly melted down or sold more for silver prices. But there are a few things that you may not have heard about on this series.

In what ever coin grade you set as a goal for your collection, the 1916-D is probably worth more than the rest of the collection put together. So if you are going to collect this series, buy the most expensive one first. That way the price doesn't keep going up on you. But to help you appreciate the extra effort they design for the first year is something to behold.



There are some interesting coins struck during this time period. One of them was the doubled die with the two different dates for the dimes. Both Philadelphia and Denver.



Keeping in mind the mint mark locations for confirming a unknown coin, is able to be done with the 1942/1-D.


It helps confirm the real coins. People create fakes of these.


Starting off with 1916, that was an important year for coin design. The design has more detail that year, than any of the others following it.




The reverses seem pretty much the same, just the obverse design was so nice on the 1916 design.



But there are other things to note on this series. Did you know it had the most inverted Ball serif mint marks that were RPMs? I think there were 5 different dies that were affected and 4 of them are RPMs.


But have you figured out yet how to spot an inverted Ball Serif mint mark? Lets see. Take a look at the next image. Can you spot the one that is different?

Have you spotted the inverted one? There is only one that is normal.


So don't forget to look for these on this series.

Also they have on the reverse of the coin a collectable called split bands to look for on this series. Split bands what is that?
It is on the torch on the rear. The torch has three areas where the bands can be seen. The upper and lower ones just give you an idea of what to look for. The center band is the one to check for to see the split:



Well I'm sure I forgot something. But with so many images you sometimes for get to put them all in. I'll try to add more if I find something else. Hope you enjoy this thread.

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Super job on this @coop!

One small question from your very last graphic. I don't really see a difference in your illustration of split bands vs. full split bands. Of course you do have this difference clearly shown in the images of actual coins.
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Very educational, thanks coop!
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Lots of good information here .
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 Posted 07/01/2018  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent tutorial as always coop! I had heard in the past that there were design detail differences between 1916 and the rest of the series and you just proved it. Thank you!
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Great post!
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One small question from your very last graphic. I don't really see a difference in your illustration of split bands vs. full split bands.
It's the slight rounding and/or arching visible on the center band outer edges of well-struck fully formed reverses vs a squared-off look..

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PS: Oh, yeah -- Another nice educational example here, Coop..
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The drawing is one I found years ago on the internet. But I've not found an coin example like the illustration. So it maybe a concept of illustration. Probably the only example maybe a first few coins off the new dies. But I've had it and with that knowledge, keep an eye out for one. Knowing what to look for is half the battle. If I found that coin, then I'd know how rare it would be. I want others to also learn and appreciate what I've learned.
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Excellent work in details Coop, as for full split bands, my opinion is one can see the split band when looking at it almost without the aid of magnifying tools. Its like proof strike used in business strike to that affect.

Edit: The best example are the 1916 P, you will find many that exhibit proof like strike with FSB.

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Excellent tutorial coop!
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 Posted 07/01/2018  1:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DeputyMax to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great information coop.
We used to get these quite often as kids and I even got one in change from a guy pushing an ice cream cart in the park about 30 years ago. Still have it as part of my collection, a 1980's circulation Merc.
Now to get out my dimes and start going over them with the microscope and your tutorial to see what I've got.
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Excellent information Coop! Thank you for sharing! More new facts that I've learned today.
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We get such great stuff from you, Coop. I hope you know how important you are too our forum. Thank you.
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Indeed, coop is the go-to guy!
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Thanks for the kind words. I run into information that I've added or new stuff that I want to keep everyone up to speed on. Waiting for the new inspiration to hit me.
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Some have asked about my images I use and I'm glad to say, you can now you can see the DVD in sections on youtube:
1. Intro, older coins, toned coins 2. Doubled dies 3. Die events, One of a kind errors 4. So called errors, Coin information 5. Coin information Types and Varieties, Overlays
Jefferson nickel doubled dies Wexler/Rebar complete listings

trail dies:http://www.traildies.com/
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