Silver (Ag) - 1916-1945 Mercury Dime - 0.0723 troy ounces

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1916-1945 Mercury Dime (avg. condition, random year) - 0.0723 troy ounces - .900 bullion


Meaning "shining" or "white", named argentum in Latin from which the chemical symbol Ag is derived, and known since ancient times having even been mentioned in the Book of Genesis, silver has been a prized and highly sought after precious metal throughout human history. It has been used as money as early as 700 B.C. when electrum (a silver and gold alloy) was first coined by the Lydians. The Greek and later Roman empires also coined silver money as early as the 4th century B.C. Silver has been an indomitable staple of world currencies from those ancient times until relatively recently when the gold standard was abandoned and fiat currencies prevailed. It is also an indispensable industrial metal. It is a soft, malleable, lustrous elemental metal that also possesses the highest electrical conductivity, the highest thermal conductivity and the highest reflectivity of any metal. These unique properties make it almost irreplaceable in a myriad of industrial processes and commercial applications including photography, X-rays, electronics, telescopic mirrors, solar energy panels and windows, water purification systems and as a chemical catalyst. It has strong disinfectant properties which are becoming more utilized in medicine to control and prevent infections in an age of devastating nosocomial superbugs.

Called Constitutional silver, these Mercury Dimes are in average circulated condition and are 90% silver (each containing 0.07234 troy ounces of silver when uncirculated) as specified by the U.S. Constitution along with gold to be the legal tender of our country. Upon their first public release by the The United States Mint in June of 1916 the obverse of this new dime featuring lady liberty as designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman was wrongly though to represent the Roman god of trade Mercury. They have been called Mercury dimes ever since. Your purchased Mercury dime will be in average circulated condition and of a date of our choosing and will come in one of our RWMM logo coin flips. When multiples are ordered you will receive at least one of our coin flips but they may also come packaged in plastic tubes or paper rolls depending upon the quantity ordered. Some of the early Mercury dimes are already over 100 years old. We expect this form of Constitutional silver will continue to retain its original purchasing power as our forefathers intended. Own what's rare!

If you are not completely satisfied with any purchase from us, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund (buyer to pay return shipping). Domestic shipping is free for all orders over $99 (enter code free shipping at checkout). For orders of $99 or under, domestic shipping is $9.95. International shipping is via DHL, FedEx, or USPS international express and costs $45 for shipments up to a pound (9 one ounce rounds or ingots or less including packaging materials) and $10 for each additional pound. International customers please be aware that your country may levy import duties and/or VAT taxes on your purchase from us. We have nothing to do with this and cannot pay it for you. If you refuse our package because of this extra cost we will take it back and will refund your order in full once received minus the cost of the return shipping. If you are unsure what these import costs will be please check with your country's customs office.