Sep 29 2010

Winged Liberty Head Dime
(1916-1945)

When I was a kid and called this a lady head dime, I was corrected more times than not by someone offering the admonition that this was not a lady, but was the head of Mercury, the Roman messenger to the Gods. Now, having carried this grudge for years, I would like to set the record straight. Although many people call this a Mercury Dime, this portrait is not of Mercury and actually is of a lady, Lady Liberty.

Lady Liberty wears a Phrygian Cap, a classic symbol of liberty and freedom and the wings extend outwardly from the cap to indicate Freedom of Thought, in particular. Winged Liberty Head Dimes were produced from 1916 to 1945. The Roosevelt dime, showing a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was produced starting in 1945 and is still minted today.

Funny how things change.  You could look long and hard before you find a Mercury Dime in your change today. Better pick a favorite state and collect state quarters…

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