Sunday, July 17, 2005

Mystery 1926 Coin(UPDATED)

Given this information....
"I found a coin while I was searching for laundry quarters today.

It has a woman's head on one side and the other has some sort of axe-looking thing with a plant. I am fairly certain the date is 1926, although it isn't in the best of shape. It also says "liberty" above the woman's head.

Dime size and color. Hope this is enough info :)"

I am pretty sure I know what Stephen is talking about. It's the 1926 Winged Liberty Head or "Mercury" Dime from the U.S.. The condition sounds worn but readable probably a grade of good-4 maybe less.



The one thing I would ask is for the mint mark, the place where the coin was made, it is either blank, D (Denver) or S (San Francisco) . The mint mark affects the price severely.

The mint mark on "Mercury" dime is located on the reverse after the "E" in the word ONE and before the bottom of the branch. It's D for Denver, S for San Francisco or nothing/blank for Philadelphia.



Here's the stats for all the mint marks....
Year: 1926
Metal: Silver (.07234 oz. pure silver)
Mintage: 32,160,000
Value: G-4 $2.66 ( it was $2.00 6 years ago)

Year: 1926D
Metal: Silver (.07234 oz. pure silver)
Mintage: 6,828,000
Value: G-4 $3.00 ( it was $4.00 6 years ago and lost some value)

Year: 1926S
Metal: Silver (.07234 oz. pure silver)
Mintage: 1,520,000
Value: G-4 $13.00 (it was $10.00 6 years ago and gained some value)

The prices are high because silver prices around the world also are high. You found a good coin because after 1934 the values drop significantly. These dimes circulated from 1916-1945. A high grade 1926S dime can retail for about $3,000.

Thanks for your visit.

Update: July 14, 2007 as you read some coins lose value as time goes on this is because the coin market is highly unstable and can change dramatically.

Update #2: June 12, 2008
Update #3: August 2, 2009 
Update #4: September 26, 2010 
Update #5: June 9, 2011

31 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Stephen Searer said...

Thanks for the info, coins are pretty fun to look through. Not to mention it wastes a lot of time for someone that gets bored easily :)

Man said...

Yup, I went out today it was 100 degrees with humidity, I drank some frozen-coffee and got sick while hanging out with broke friends.
Next time I'll just play with my coins or get drunk.

Stephen said...

it was over 100 here too, all I did today was wish I had something fun to do. Maybe I'll make a video of something.

Anonymous said...

I've got 11 mercury head dimes with dates from 40-45 with various mint marks. Will they increase in value? (They don't seem to be particularly rare now.)

Man said...

11 mercury head dimes with dates from 40-45 with various mint marks.

You are right they are the most common mercury dimes.

But the 2000 book value was $0.60 in fine.
The 2007 book value is $1.00 in fine.

They are 90% silver and will increase in value and unless a rare variety is found or there is a massive meltdown of silver they would only be a few bucks.

There is a 1942 error worth $650.00 in fine and a 1945S micro S worth $1.50 in fine.

Anonymous said...

I found an 1881 US penny in very good shape was just wondering if it is worth anything.

Man said...

1881 US penny in very good

About $6.00.

Anonymous said...

hey, ive gotta 1940S and its a little worn but not too bad, any idea how much its worth?

Man said...

1940S and its a little worn but not too bad

Dime? Penny? Dollar?

Anonymous said...

its a dime, sorry lol

Man said...

1940S and its a little worn but not too bad...dime

About $1.50

Anonymous said...

i have a 1965 dime and i was wondering how much its worth,
(there is no mint mark though

Man said...

1965 dime

Just $0.10

oreo said...

I have a 1926 coin and I was wondering how much it was. I wish I knew >:(

Man said...

1926 coin
I would need to know what type. Dime? Cent? Quarter?

Anonymous said...

I have a 1941 dime with the winged hat lady on front and the axe plant think on back. It looks...weird. Is it worth anything?
-KS

Man said...

1941 dime with the winged hat lady on front and the axe plant think on back

About $1.50

Anonymous said...

Our daughter found a 1926 dime, but we don't really know the mint mark since it's kind of scratched, but it kind of looks like an "S". How much does it worth?

Man said...

1926 dime, but we don't really know the mint mark since it's kind of scratched, but it kind of looks like an "S"

About $6.00 if the scratches are due to time, half that if the scratches are because of damage.

Pistol Peezy said...

where I can sell my mercury dimes I have a lot of them my name Torre my number is 678-362-2654

Pistol Peezy said...

And I got sum wit the s on them

Man said...

where I can sell my mercury dimes

Ebay, any coin shop, or any place that buys silver.

Man said...

And I got sum wit the s on them

Well depending on year that may chnage the value, but most just have silver value.

Anonymous said...

How do you tell what month and year a dollar bill was made?

Man said...

How do you tell what month and year a dollar bill was made?

The government puts it on their website.
Monthly Production Report.html.

Anonymous said...

hi a want to know how much this penny would be, im kind of curios its a 1927 penny georgvis v its in very good condition, tnx

Man said...

1927 penny georgvis v its in very good condition

Assuming British about $0.30

Anonymous said...

hi, i have a 1917 british half penny, and its sides are raised, an its extremely thick. is it normal? maybe an error?

Man said...

1917 british half penny, and its sides are raised, an its extremely thick

I think it is damaged, the few I seen like that are always damaged.

That said even variances in thickness is normal.

About $1.00

Anonymous said...

What is a 2005 Canada penny worth

Man said...

2005 Canada penny just $0.01