One Dime 1927 Mercury, Coin from United States - detailed information

One Dime 1927 Mercury, Coin from United States
CoinOne Dime 1927 Mercury

The dime, in United States usage, is a ten-cent coin (10¢), one tenth of a United States dollar, labelled formally as "one dime". After the half dime became five cents in 1873, the dime is now the only United States coin in general circulation that is not denominated in terms of dollars or cents.

The denomination exists since the introduction of US currency. It was initially a larger silver coin featuring the draped bust of Liberty (1796 - 1807), then a smaller capped bust of Liberty (1809 - 1837), then with a Seated Liberty obverse (1837 - 1891) which was in turn replaced by the Barber Dime (1892 - 1916).

The so-called Mercury Dime was introduced in 1916. Designed by Adolph Weinman and also referred to as the Winged Liberty Head Dime, it gained its common name because the obverse depiction of a young Liberty, identifiable by her winged Phrygian cap, was confused with the Roman god Mercury. The coin's reverse depicts a fasces - a Roman simbol of authority, unity and strength, and an olive branch signifying peace. Its composition, like that of earlier dimes, is 90% silver and 10% copper.

In later years, the composition of the dime was debased to copper-nickel, and silver coinage disappeared from circulation. However, these coins have never been demonetised and are still legal tender. This, of course, is of academic interest only, as their numismatic and bullion value is much higher than their face value.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Philadelphia Mint No mint mark 28,080,000 (28.1 million)
Denver Mint Letter D 4,812,000 (4.8 million)
San Francisco Mint Letter S 4,770,000 (4.8 million)
Obverse
United States / One Dime 1927 Mercury - obverse photo

Within a plain rim, the obverse of the coin shows a portrait of Miss Liberty facing left, the tight curls of her hair caught in a Phrygian cap (pileus) which is winged. The coin is known as the Mercury Dime because of the resemblance of this portrait with depictions of Mercury, the Roman god of commerce and communications.

Around above in large letters, the word LIBERTY is partly obscured by the top of the cap.

On two lines below left, the national motto IN · GOD WE · TRUST.

The designer's monogram AW (for Adolph Weinman) is in the field below right, between the Y of LIBERTY and last digit of the date.

Below right, under the neck truncation of the portrait, the date: 1927.

Obverse Inscription LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1927
Reverse
United States / One Dime 1927 Mercury - reverse photo

Within a plain rim, the reverse of the coin depicts at its centre a bundle of "fasces" (sticks) wrapped around an axe and bound both horizontally and diagonally by a leather strap, with the loose ends at the bottom. This object was carried by the lictors (assistants) who accompanied a Roman magistrate and was a symbol of his powers - sticks for his authority to inflict corporal punishment, and the axe for his authority to issue a death sentence. Incidentally, the word "fasces" is the root of the word "fascism" - an ideology which took it as a symbol of the State's power to establish law and order.

On this coin, the symbol represents war and justice. It is contrasted with a large olive branch as a symbol of peace.

The lettering is in Roman style; around above, UNITED · STATES · OF · AMERICA; separated from this by two five-pointed stars, and divided by the bottom part of the fasces, the value and denomination ONE DIME. In the right field, on two lines the motto E · PLURIBUS UNUM ("Out of many, one" - signifying unity in diversity).

Coins struck by the Philadelphia Mint have no mint mark. Coins struck by other mints have a mint mark in the form of a small letter below the base of the olive branch, after the letter E of ONE.

Mint marks this year can be D for the Denver Mint, or S for the San Francisco Mint.

Reverse Inscription UNITED · STATES · OF · AMERICA * ONE DIME *
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Showing 100 from a total of 214 coins of type: One Dime
Coin NameMintageSymbol or PortraitLegend
One Dime 1906 Barber 29,765,046 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1906
One Dime 1907 Barber 34,537,045 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1907
One Dime 1908 Barber 23,099,545 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1908
One Dime 1909 Barber 14,481,650 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1909
One Dime 1910 Barber 16,250,551 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1910
One Dime 1911 Barber 33,599,543 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1911
One Dime 1912 Barber 34,530,000 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1912
One Dime 1913 Barber 20,270,622 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1913
One Dime 1914 Barber 31,368,655 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914
One Dime 1915 Barber 6,580,450 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1915
One Dime 1916 Barber 35,024,000 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1916
One Dime 1916 Mercury 32,894,080 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1916
One Dime 1917 Mercury 91,962,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1917
One Dime 1918 Mercury 68,654,800 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1918
One Dime 1919 Mercury 54,529,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1919
One Dime 1920 Mercury 92,021,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1920
One Dime 1921 Mercury 2,310,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1921
One Dime 1923 Mercury 56,570,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1923
One Dime 1924 Mercury 37,940,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1924
One Dime 1925 Mercury 36,577,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1925
One Dime 1926 Mercury 40,508,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1926
One Dime 1927 Mercury 37,662,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1927
One Dime 1928 Mercury 31,041,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1928
One Dime 1929 Mercury 35,734,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1929
One Dime 1930 Mercury 8,613,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1930
One Dime 1931 Mercury 6,210,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1931
One Dime 1934 Mercury 30,852,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1934
One Dime 1935 Mercury 85,147,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1935
One Dime 1936 Mercury 112,850,260 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1936
One Dime 1937 Mercury 80,757,512 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1937
One Dime 1938 Mercury 35,834,456 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1938
One Dime 1939 Mercury 102,692,642 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1939
One Dime 1940 Mercury 108,131,654 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1940
One Dime 1941 Mercury 263,847,114 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1941
One Dime 1942 Mercury 315,494,658 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1942
One Dime 1943 Mercury 324,059,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1943
One Dime 1944 Mercury 343,124,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1944
One Dime 1945 Mercury 241,295,000 Liberty, Mercury LIBERTY IN · GOD WE · TRUST 1945
One Dime 1946 Roosevelt 344,193,500 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1946
One Dime 1947 Roosevelt 203,195,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1947
One Dime 1948 Roosevelt 163,311,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1948
One Dime 1949 Roosevelt 70,484,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1949
One Dime 1950 Roosevelt 117,424,500 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1950
One Dime 1951 Roosevelt 192,096,602 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1951
One Dime 1952 Roosevelt 265,641,573 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1952
One Dime 1953 Roosevelt 229,231,920 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1953
One Dime 1954 Roosevelt 243,500,503 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1954
One Dime 1955 Roosevelt 45,297,381 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1955
One Dime 1956 Roosevelt 217,324,384 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1956
One Dime 1957 Roosevelt 274,762,282 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1957
One Dime 1958 Roosevelt 169,350,252 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1958
One Dime 1959 Roosevelt 251,849,081 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1959
One Dime 1960 Roosevelt 272,242,002 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1960
One Dime 1961 Roosevelt 305,904,794 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1961
One Dime 1962 Roosevelt 410,616,399 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1962
One Dime 1963 Roosevelt 548,202,175 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1963
One Dime 1964 Roosevelt 2,290,827,942 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1964
One Dime 1965 Roosevelt 1,654,500,570 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1965
One Dime 1966 Roosevelt 1,384,996,123 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1966
One Dime 1967 Roosevelt 2,245,870,664 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1967
One Dime 1968 Roosevelt 908,260,186 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1968
One Dime 1969 Roosevelt 711,508,501 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1969
One Dime 1970 Roosevelt 1,103,144,910 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1970
One Dime 1971 Roosevelt 543,824,973 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1971
One Dime 1972 Roosevelt 765,090,996 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1972
One Dime 1973 Roosevelt 773,462,765 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1973
One Dime 1974 Roosevelt 1,043,943,568 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1974
One Dime 1975 Roosevelt 902,224,650 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1975
One Dime 1976 Roosevelt 1,268,132,504 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1976
One Dime 1977 Roosevelt 1,176,788,380 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1977
One Dime 1978 Roosevelt 949,955,321 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1978
One Dime 1979 Roosevelt 710,038,359 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1979
One Dime 1980 Roosevelt 1,458,079,127 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1980
One Dime 1981 Roosevelt 1,392,997,226 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1981
One Dime 1982 Roosevelt 1,066,046,063 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1982
One Dime 1983 Roosevelt 1,380,433,350 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1983
One Dime 1984 Roosevelt 1,564,538,086 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1984
One Dime 1985 Roosevelt 1,296,543,753 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1985
One Dime 1986 Roosevelt 1,158,987,160 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1986
One Dime 1987 Roosevelt 1,420,140,611 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1987
One Dime 1988 Roosevelt 1,996,198,437 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1988
One Dime 1989 Roosevelt 2,198,155,791 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1989
One Dime 1990 Roosevelt 1,877,635,383 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1990
One Dime 1991 Roosevelt 1,531,328,901 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1991
One Dime 1992 Roosevelt 1,212,632,913 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1992
One Dime 1993 Roosevelt 1,518,923,605 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1993
One Dime 1994 Roosevelt 2,494,752,704 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1994
One Dime 1995 Roosevelt 2,402,507,496 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1995
One Dime 1996 Roosevelt 2,824,670,244 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1996
One Dime 1997 Roosevelt 1,973,505,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1997
One Dime 1998 Roosevelt 2,337,336,507 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1998
One Dime 1999 Roosevelt 3,564,293,401 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 1999
One Dime 2000 Roosevelt 3,664,282,572 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2000
One Dime 2001 Roosevelt 2,784,684,909 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2001
One Dime 2002 Roosevelt 2,569,319,766 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2002
One Dime 2003 Roosevelt 2,074,172,684 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2003
One Dime 2004 Roosevelt 2,489,304,396 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2004
One Dime 2005 Roosevelt 2,840,095,000 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2005
One Dime 2006 Roosevelt 2,831,695,150 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2006
One Dime 2007 Roosevelt 2,010,176,053 Franklin Roosevelt LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 2007
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One Dime 1927 Mercury: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypeMercury Dime
Issued1927
SymbolLiberty, Mercury
Face Value10 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage37,662,000 (37.7 million)
Total Mintage37,662,000 (37.7 million)
CurrentNo
Material0.900 Silver
DesignerAdolph Weinman
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size17.910 mm
Thickness1.000 mm
Mass2.500 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-YRRQ-EMPX
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One Dime 1927 Mercury: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsUnited States KM# 140
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchön# 133