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 Mercury.

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.