By David Hall for PCGS. The 1916-D Mercury dime is one of the most heralded key dates of 20th century numismatics. If you collected coins in the 1950s or 1960s, you dreamed of finding a 1916-D dime... And I certainly did have that dream as a young pre-teen coin collector.
The 1916-D is rare in all grades. Walter Breen has written that mint production of dimes in Denver in 1916 was stopped so that personnel could devote full time to making quarters.
The original mintage of 264,000 for the 1916-D is by far the lowest of the Mercury dime series. For comparison, the mintage of the 1916 was 22,180,080 and the mintage for the 1916-S was 10,450,000. Note that this is one of the most counterfeited of all U.The bad guys add a "D" to a 1916 Philadelphia. I have seen counterfeits in all grades and PCGS sees an average of 5 to 10 counterfeits a week. Needless to say, third party authentication is highly recommended. Contact me with any additional questions that you may have about this coin. Thanks for taking a look! The item "1916-D MERCURY SILVER DIME NGC XF 40 EXTREMELY RARE COIN ONLY 264,000 MINTED" is in sale since Tuesday, October 26, 2021. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ US\Dimes\Mercury (1916-45)". The seller is "cornhuskercoins" and is located in Bellevue, Nebraska. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.