1916 – 1945 Mercury Dime: 90% Silver

1949 Mercury Dime front view

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).

Date Mintage Numismatic Value
1916 22,180,080
1916-D 264,000
1916-S 10,450,000
1917 55,230,000
1917-D 9,402,000
1917-S 27,330,000
1918 26,680,000
1918-D 22,674,800
1918-S 19,300,000
1919 35,740,000
1919-D 9,939,000
1919-S 8,850,000
1920 59,030,000
1920-D 19,171,000
1920-S 13,820,000
1921 1,230,000 $35.00 – $1,575.00
1921-D 1,080,000 $55.00 – $1,750.00
1923 50,130,000
1923-S 6,440,000
1924 24,010,000
1924-D 6,810,000
1924-S 7,120,000
1925 25,610,000
1925-D 5,117,000
1925-S 5,850,000
1926 32,160,000
1926-D 6,828,000
1926-S 1,520,000
1927 28,080,000
1927-D 4,812,000
1927-S 4,770,000
1928 19,480,000
1928-D 4,161,000
1928-S 7,400,000
1929 25,970,000
1929-D 5,034,000
1929-S 4,730,000
1930 6,770,000
1930-S 1,843,000
1931 3,150,000
1931-D 1,260,000
1931-S 1,800,000
1934 24,080,000
1934-D 6,772,000
1935 58,830,000
1935-D 10,477,000
1935-S 15,840,000
1936 87,500,000
1936-D 16,132,000
1936-S 9,210,000
1937 56,860,000
1937-D 14,146,000
1937-S 9,740,000
1938 22,190,000
1938-D 5,537,000
1938-S 8,090,000
1939 67,740,000
1939-D 24,394,000
1939-S 10,540,000
1940 65,350,000
1940-D 21,198,000
1940-S 21,560,000
1941 175,090,000
1941-D 45,634,000
1941-S 43,090,000
1942 205,410,000
1942-D 60,740,000
1942-S 49,300,000
1943 191,710,000
1943-D 71,949,000
1943-S 60,400,000
1944 231,410,000
1944-D 62,224,000
1944-S 49,490,000
1945 159,130,000
1945-D 40,245,000
1945-S 41,290,000