What is the value of a 1916 Mercury dime?
This design was introduced during the second part of 1916 and
can be identified by a bundle of reeds (called a "fasces") and an
axe head on the back, and a front portrait of Miss Liberty facing
to the left. The coin's nickname comes from the Liberty cap worn by
Miss Liberty that resembles the winged cap worn by the Greek god
Check on the bottom left side of the reverse for a mint mark. If you see a D, you should have the coin checked by an expert dealer or appraiser to make sure that it's genuine.
Numismedia lists the following approximate retail values as of 03/2013:
No mint mark (Philadelphia):
Very worn condition - $4
Moderately worn - $6
Slightly worn - $7
Almost no wear - $20
Uncirculated - $29 to $188 depending on quality
"D" mint mark (Denver):
Very worn condition - $820
Moderately worn - $2,520
Slightly worn - $5,940
Almost no wear - $9,160
Uncirculated - $13,130 to $44,850
"S" mint mark (San Francisco):
Very worn condition - $5
Moderately worn - $10
Slightly worn - $24
Almost no wear - $29
Uncirculated - $43 to $1,300
DISCLAIMER: The retail values quoted are the best available as of the date shown, but may vary significantly due to changes in the precious metals market. Also the wholesale (buying) price of a coin will be less than the selling (retail) price. A reputable coin dealer will be able to give a more accurate valuation based on inspection of the coin.
There is no such thing as an 1899 mercury dime. Mercury dimes were not introduced until 1916. The Barber dimes that were in circulation in 1899 are made of 90% silver and are worth about $1.15 in metal value. The collector's value of the coin is highly variable, being affected by the condition the coin is in and the mint it was made at.