The 1916-D is the key to the series and is eagerly sought after in all grades. While, in 1942 the last year in which proofs of this type were made, due in large part to the advent of World War II.
Look for the rare 1942/1 over-date on circulation strikes. And, 1945 un-circulated examples with Full Split Bands are very rare. Yet, the 1945-S comes with a normally sized mint-mark and a very tiny "Micro S".
The 1916 – 1945 Mercury Dime contains 90% silver which is 0.0723 troy ounces of silver, thus classified as junk silver. You can use the Silver Melt Value calculator to see the value of silver in this coin.
Listed below are the mintage numbers for each year. The year column lists the year and mint mark on the coin where, D is for Denver, S is for San Francisco, and P is for Philadelphia. Also, a coin without a mint mark means the coin was minted in Philadelphia.
The Mintage column is the number of coins struck and released by the U.S. Mint.
The Numismatic Value Range column represents what people typically pay for that type of coin (usually a very wide price range depending on the condition and demand of the coin).
|1921||1,230,000||$35.00 – $1,575.00|
|1921-D||1,080,000||$55.00 – $1,750.00|