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).

DateMintageNumismatic Value
191622,180,080
1916-D264,000
1916-S10,450,000
191755,230,000
1917-D9,402,000
1917-S27,330,000
191826,680,000
1918-D22,674,800
1918-S19,300,000
191935,740,000
1919-D9,939,000
1919-S8,850,000
192059,030,000
1920-D19,171,000
1920-S13,820,000
19211,230,000$35.00 – $1,575.00
1921-D1,080,000$55.00 – $1,750.00
192350,130,000
1923-S6,440,000
192424,010,000
1924-D6,810,000
1924-S7,120,000
192525,610,000
1925-D5,117,000
1925-S5,850,000
192632,160,000
1926-D6,828,000
1926-S1,520,000
192728,080,000
1927-D4,812,000
1927-S4,770,000
192819,480,000
1928-D4,161,000
1928-S7,400,000
192925,970,000
1929-D5,034,000
1929-S4,730,000
19306,770,000
1930-S1,843,000
19313,150,000
1931-D1,260,000
1931-S1,800,000
193424,080,000
1934-D6,772,000
193558,830,000
1935-D10,477,000
1935-S15,840,000
193687,500,000
1936-D16,132,000
1936-S9,210,000
193756,860,000
1937-D14,146,000
1937-S9,740,000
193822,190,000
1938-D5,537,000
1938-S8,090,000
193967,740,000
1939-D24,394,000
1939-S10,540,000
194065,350,000
1940-D21,198,000
1940-S21,560,000
1941175,090,000
1941-D45,634,000
1941-S43,090,000
1942205,410,000
1942-D60,740,000
1942-S49,300,000
1943191,710,000
1943-D71,949,000
1943-S60,400,000
1944231,410,000
1944-D62,224,000
1944-S49,490,000
1945159,130,000
1945-D40,245,000
1945-S41,290,000