1937 Mercury Dime - 1937 Mercury 10c NGC PF68. This Superb Gem proof 1937 dime is tied for the finest known at both NGC and PCGS. In their combined population reports, both NGC and PCGS show no proof
1937 dimes certified higher than the present piece at PF68.
The coin’s obverse devices are highlighted with incredible bright mint luster, which contrasts to the darker relief parts of the design and the field. The reverse is fully prooflike as the “white” devices seem to float on a mirrored background. Clearly original and clean for the grade, the coin has no visible contact marks or hairlines that can be seen without high magnification. The marks in the field in front of Liberty’s face are on the holder not the coin. As expected for a piece of this grade, the strike is excellent with all aspects of the design fully struck up.
The Mercury or more properly the Winged Liberty Head dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinman. It depicts Liberty wearing a winged cap that resembles the Roman god Mercury. Her youthful profile faces left and is surrounded by LIBERTY. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST in very small letters is in two lines below her chin and between her neck and the coin’s edge. The date is set off to the right below the truncation, and the designer’s monogram initials are in the right field opposite the motto. The principal devices of the reverse are the fasces and the olive branch, symbols of authority and peace. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the outer periphery of the coin. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM is in smaller letters in the lower right field.
Weinman was born on December 11, 1870 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He moved to the United States when he was ten years old. He attended night classes at Cooper Union when he was fifteen, and later he was a student at the Art Students’ League of New York, where he studied with sculptor, designer Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Philip Martiny, another sculptor. In 1904 he opened his own studio. He considered himself an architectural sculptor, as was Saint-Gaudens; however, Weinman is now best known for his coin and medal designs. He is particularly remembered for his Walking Liberty half dollar, from which the American Silver Eagle bullion coin is derived; the “Mercury” dime, and several medals for the armed services of the United States. His sculptures can be found in several state capitol buildings, the Manhattan Municipal Building, Madison Square Presbyterian Church, Penn Station and others. He created a dramatic sculpture on the Elks National Veterans Memorial in Chicago as well as sculptures for the Post Office Department Building, the Jefferson Memorial and the U.S. Supreme Court. He died on August 8, 1952 in Port Chester, New York.
In their combined population reports, both NGC and PCGS show no proof 1937 dimes certified higher than the present piece at PF68.
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