You will find more detailed buying and selling information on Mercury Dimes and 11 other popular U.S. silver coins in my eBook The Last US 90 Percent Silver Coins.Don't let the Mercury Dime's size fool you. In 1980, this silver coin could buy a gallon of gas. It wasn't because gas was so cheap. It was because silver was at an all-time high, reaching $50.00 per ounce. Some say it is headed that high again. Read on...
Five Lowest Minted Mercury Dimes**
This dime features an image of a
Winged Liberty Head on
the obverse side with a fasces and olive branch on the reverse (fasces:
a bundle of white birch rods bound together around an ax with
the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates
as an emblem of authority). The mint mark appears on
the reverse, to the left of the fasces. Mint marks are "D"
for Denver and "S" for
the San Francisco Mints. If no mint mark appears, it was minted
Mercury Dimes are 90% silver and 10% copper. Uncirculated dimes contain .0723 Troy ounces of pure silver (2.25 grams) with a gross weight of .08 Troy ounces (2.50 grams). Circulated dimes are considered to contain .0715 Troy ounces of pure silver (2.2239 grams) due to the "wear factor" in handling these coins. Circulated silver coins are often referred to as "junk silver" but don't believe it.
To determine the silver (melt) value of a circulated Mercury Dime, multiply the current spot price of silver times .0715.
Example: $20.00 x .0715 = $1.43
One place to buy these dimes is at
your local coin shop, but don't overlook Amazon.
Here you will find circulated and uncirculated coins sold in
quantities of one or in small lots.
If you decide to invest in circulated silver dimes, keep in mind that approximately 14 dimes equal one ounce of silver and use that as a buying guide. Of course, circulated dimes in excellent condition as well as uncirculated dimes (graded MS60 and higher) will fetch a higher price than those having common dates and in just fair condition.
Dimes like these are great in
barter situations. You would be wise to have some in your
possession. For your convenience, I have included a sampling of
Mercury Dimes available on Amazon. You might be able to pick up
some Merc dimes at a decent price. Be aware I receive a small
compensation if you buy silver coins through this site which
does not result in you paying more. Click on "Go" to see
a larger selection.
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