Mercury Dime Values & Prices

Mercury dimes, more formally known as Winged Liberty Head dimes, minted from 1916 to 1945 is a popular series of U.S. coins to collect.  If the coin shows signs of wear on it due to being used in business transactions, it considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is considered "uncirculated." The photos below show examples of both conditions. 

The History of the Mercury Dime

In 1916 the Treasury Department conducted a design competition to replace the stoic design of the Barber dime that had been minted since 1892.

On March 3, 1916, Mint Dir. Robert W. Woolley announced that he selected Adolph A. Weinman's design as the winner. His design featured Lady Liberty wearing a close-fitting Phrygian capped with wings to symbolize freedom of thought. Most people miss took this as the Roman god Mercury and began calling at the Mercury dime. Its proper name is the "Winged Liberty Head".

The reverse of the coin features a Roman fasces as a symbol of power and strength with an olive branch to symbolize peace. The Mint produced the first coins in late 1916 with the United States entering World War I in the following year.

The Market for Mercury Dimes

Mercury dimes are a popular series to collect amongst coin collectors. Demand is relatively stable for coins in uncirculated condition.  For lower-grade circulated coins, a majority of its value is based upon the coin's silver melt value.  Each dime contains almost 1/10 of an ounce of silver (0.0723 oz.

exactly). As of this writing, silver is currently selling for almost $15 per troy ounce. Therefore, each dime contains approximately $1.15 worth of silver. If you want top dollar for your coins, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties

The following Mercury dimes in any condition, are worth considerably more than common ones.

  As such, these coins are occasionally counterfeit or altered from common coins.  Hence, have your coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third-party grading service.

  • 1916-D
  • 1921
  • 1921-D
  • 1941 41/42 (doubled die on the date)
  • 1941-D 41/42 (doubled die on the date)

Condition or Grade Examples

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin.

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

Learning how to grade your Mercury dimes accurately will give you a better idea of your coins precise value.

Mint Marks

As illustrated in the photo in the link below, the mint mark is located on the reverse of the coin, near the bottom at the stem of the oak branch. They were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).

Average Mercury Dime Values & Prices

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin).

The first column lists the date and mintmark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Mercury dime.  The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and several other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
1916$4.70$3.20 $37.00$26.00
1916-D *$1,500.00$1,000.00 $15,100.00$11,000.00
1916-S$6.30$4.20 $53.00$36.00
1917$4.20$2.60 $50.00$35.00
1917-D$6.10$4.00 $240.00$160.00
1917-S$4.20$2.60 $150.00$110.00
1918$4.20$2.70 $110.00$70.00
1918-D$4.50$2.80 $230.00$150.00
1918-S$4.20$2.90 $220.00$150.00
1919$4.00$2.50 $80.00$50.00
1919-D$6.30$4.10 $370.00$250.00
1919-S$5.60$3.50 $340.00$250.00
1920$4.00$2.50 $53.00$37.00
1920-D$4.30$2.80 $280.00$210.00
1920-S$4.30$2.70 $290.00$200.00
1921 *$72.00$45.00 $1,600.00$1,100.00
1921-D *$110.00$70.00 $1,700.00$1,200.00
1923$4.20$2.80 $40.00$27.00
1923-S$4.90$3.30 $340.00$240.00
1924$3.90$2.50 $80.00$50.00
1924-D$5.50$3.50 $300.00$220.00
1924-S$4.30$2.70 $370.00$270.00
1925$4.00$2.50 $71.00$49.00
1925-D$6.40$4.40 $560.00$410.00
1925-S$4.70$3.10 $390.00$270.00
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
1926$4.30$2.90 $52.00$38.00
1926-D$4.60$3.10 $220.00$150.00
1926-S$17.00$12.00 $1,300.00$900.00
1927$4.00$2.60 $45.00$32.00
1927-D$5.20$3.30 $320.00$210.00
1927-S$4.60$2.90 $470.00$320.00
1928$4.10$2.80 $37.00$26.00
1928-D$5.60$3.60 $260.00$180.00
1928-S$4.30$2.90 $210.00$150.00
1929$3.90$2.60 $26.00$18.00
1929-D$4.00$2.50 $36.00$24.00
1929-S$3.90$2.70 $41.00$29.00
1930$3.90$2.50 $44.00$32.00
1930-S$4.30$2.80 $110.00$70.00
1931$4.10$2.50 $54.00$38.00
1931-D$8.70$5.90 $110.00$80.00
1931-S$4.60$2.90 $120.00$80.00
1934$3.80$2.40 $16.00$11.00
1934-D$4.70$3.20 $35.00$25.00
1935$3.80$2.30 $13.60$9.70
1935-D$3.90$2.40 $36.00$25.00
1935-S$3.90$2.60 $27.00$19.00
1936$3.80$2.40 $11.80$7.90
1936-D$3.70$2.40 $26.00$18.00
1936-S$3.80$2.40 $18.00$12.00
1937$3.90$2.60 $11.00$7.40
1937-D$3.60$2.40 $21.00$14.00
1937-S$3.70$2.40 $24.00$18.00
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
1938$3.60$2.30 $14.40$9.90
1938-D$4.00$2.70 $18.00$13.00
1938-S$3.80$2.40 $22.00$16.00
1939$3.80$2.40 $13.00$8.70
1939-D$3.80$2.50 $14.30$10.10
1939-S$3.90$2.60 $23.00$16.00
1940$3.00$2.00 $9.70$7.10
1940-D$3.00$2.00 $13.10$9.10
1940-S$3.00$2.00 $10.80$7.80
1941$3.00$2.00 $9.50$6.60
1941-D$3.00$2.00 $10.00$7.00
1941-S$3.00$2.00 $10.70$7.50
1942$3.00$2.00 $8.50$5.90
1942-D$3.00$2.00 $9.50$6.50
1942-S$3.00$2.00 $12.90$8.60
1942 42/41 *$440.00$300.00 $3,400.00$2,300.00
1942-D 42/41 *$430.00$270.00 $3,100.00$2,300.00
1943$3.00$2.00 $7.60$5.50
1943-D$3.00$2.00 $9.00$6.30
1943-S$3.00$2.00 $11.90$7.90
1944$3.00$2.00 $8.40$5.70
1944-D$3.00$2.00 $9.40$6.40
1944-S$3.00$1.90 $12.20$8.90
1945$3.00$2.00 $7.90$5.40
1945-D$3.00$2.00 $9.00$6.00
1945 Micro S$3.00$2.00 $29.00$21.00
1945-S$3.00$2.00 $11.10$7.50
Date-Mint Set
$1,900.00$1,350.00 $27,000.00$19,000.00
Date Set
$180.00$125.00 $2,400.00$1,800.00

*= See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.