The Franklin Mint 2016 10¢ 1/10 oz Gold Mercury Dime SP70 ANACS Coin w/ Box
We spy a coin collector's treasure! This coin is certified as perfect SP70 – which means that it's one of the rarest and most sought-after of all 2016 coins. Each coin contains one-tenth troy ounce of 24-karat gold, symbolic of the coin's denomination of one dime, and is struck with a business strike finish.
Wooden Display Box: 8-1/2"L x 6"W x 1-3/4"H
Distributed by The Franklin Mint.
First minted in 1916, this United States ten-cent piece features an image on the obverse of Lady Liberty wearing a winged Phrygian cap. The likeness drew comparisons to the Roman messenger god, Mercury, giving the coin its nickname. The cap Liberty wears has origins in ancient Greece and Rome and became a symbol of freedom used by revolutionaries in France and America during the late 18th century. The designer of the coin, Adolph Weinman, added wings to the sides of the cap to specifically call to mind freedom of thought.
The reverse of the Mercury dime features the fasces at the center supported by an olive branch. The fasces is an ancient Roman symbol of power and authority composed of rods arranged parallel and wrapped to the handle of an ax, while the olive branch is a traditional symbol of peace. The United States Mint struck the Mercury dime until the end of 1945. In 1946, John Sinnock's new design for the ten-cent coin honoring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt replaced the Mercury dime and continues today.