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    May 2003
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    RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    A number of years ago I was detecting in a park, here in the Midwest, and popped up this 1916D mercury dime in the outfield of the ball diamond. At that time, I didn't know enough about caring for silver coins so I decided to clean it with simichrome polish. Also, notice the two nicks I made with my poker. What a dummy!!! As you can notice, it is still a 1916D and has good detail. A couple of years later I popped up another 1916D in AG condition in the front yard of a house. I didn't post a picture of that one..
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  2. #2

    May 2003
    Sunny Southern CA Coast
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    Awesome coin! Even w/ nicks and cleaning, this is still worth $$$. Tough lesson, though. Great find!
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    Mar 2003
    So. Cal.
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    I'd say that coin would still go for a couple of thousand. I wouldn't admit to cleaning it! 8)

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    us
    Jan 2004
    Muncie, IND
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    excellent find, congrats. HH Dave

  5. #5

    Mar 2003
    Port Huron, MI
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    Ouch. Those "nicks" are pretty severe.

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    Charter Member

    Mar 2003
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    I'd certainly still buy it from you if you ever wanted to sell it. Just send me a PM anytime! Nicks or no nicks. 8)

  7. #7
    Texan43

    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    Great coin...if it had of been a 1916 D you would have hit the jackpot!!!!

  8. #8
    Charter Member

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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    It was a 1916 D

  9. #9

    May 2003
    Garrett GTI 2500 & XL500 SEAHUNTER-PULSE
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    Based on what you see in my pictures and my description, , would it be worth my while to send it to ANACS for grading or would they bother with it since it was cleaned and has the nicks on it? What would you folks think it would grade for as an estimated guess?
    thanks

  10. #10
    Utah Jones

    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    Nice coin! In my oppinion, it would grade at about EF-40

  11. #11
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    Mar 2003
    Indiana
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    some slab services refuse to grade cleaned coins and others will put it in a special holder and call it damaged. exanimo, ss
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    us
    Mar 2003
    Redding,Calif.
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    Cleaned it,ruined it,do not pass go,do not collect $200!!Bummer,expensive lesson to learn too late-John

  13. #13
    us
    Oct 2004
    Ohio
    Tesoro Compadre (Soon to be teknetics T2SE)
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    hello,
    I'm new here and am just getting started in the sport.. or whatever you wanna call it . I found a dime similar to the one above mine is dated 1944. It is pretty worn but no dings or nicks. the outline of the face is still pretty good, what would you fellows think it may be worth?

    that sure is a nice lookin dime you got up there, a hard lesson learned about those nicks.

  14. #14
    us
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    Smoky Mountains
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    Hey, Scavenger welcome aboard 8) What you have is a Winged Liberty Head Dime. Aka Mercury Dime. Going by the grade you said yours is in (Good to possibly very good) according to my current price books it is worth between 75 Cents to 1 Dollar. That year was minted in high numbers unlike the 1916 D pictured above which only around 264,000 were ever minted, hence why they are worth a pretty decent sum of $$$

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    us
    Oct 2004
    Ohio
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    Re: RARE 1916D MERCURY DIME

    thnaks true_metal in that case i'll keep it

 

 
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