Most all of us, whether relic hunters, coin shooters or collectors, have a favorite coin, almost always an old one. One of mine? The Mercury Dime!
In 1916 all three United States silver denominations were changed, and the Mercury dime was introduced as the “Winged Liberty Head Dime”. It was rumored that the designer, Adolph Weinman, used Elsie Stevens, the wife of lawyer and poet, Wallace Stevens, as a model, but that has never been confirmed.
Initially the Mercury dime caused problems for the vending machine manufacturers and had to be redesigned. Then in 1932 it was taken out of production when long hoarded coins were being put back into circulation thanks to the Great Depression. Poduction restarted in 1934, and the series continued until 1945, when the Roosevelt design was introduced.
I think we all know about the 1916D, the 1921 and 21D’s, and the infamous 1942 over 1, but were you aware that many Mercs can bring a good price in EF condition? I have looked back at mine (2×2’s) and many of them just might fall into that category. I have no intentions of selling, but it’s nice knowing that their value has increased over time.
I could list all the dates that offer a good return, but you can find them online just as easily. Let me just mention a couple. The 1925D in XF…..$90. The 1926S….$190 (these are “Red Book” prices, and many variables may come into play).
My second favorite coin? The Buffalo nickel. Why? Because they represent the rugged beginnings of our country, and because the design, both obverse and reverse are unlike any others issued by the mint. I spent a few years, early on, buying all the Buffalo’s I could, “just to have”!
Do you have a favorite coin? If so, take a few minutes and tell me what it is, and why it’s your favorite.
ROMAN COIN HOARD FOUND
Thanks again to Eddy Current, and to the UK and European Metal Detecting forum for the following update…
GREAT IDEA FOR CLUBS
My friend Robbie Morin, is a member of the Montgomery County Artifacts & Recovery Club in Houston, an organization that started back in 1982. Being the creative person he is, he decided to chronicle the club’s past by writing a book, and printing enough for each member in the club.
It’s a retrospective of the club’s thirty years, and includes photos, old newsletters, a listing of past officers, member and club accolades, past guest speakers, and even photos of detector models available during that time.
I really enjoyed going through this book, and hope your club might give some thought to doing something similar, especially if it’s been in existence for some time, and has kept records from early on. It’s something members might want to pay for and a memento of shared good times….
Thanks Robbie. Great idea and nicely done!!