1916 10C Mercury Ten Cents, Judd-1981, formerly Judd-1794
This particular pattern is distinguished by the long, tapering neck of Liberty and the distance of the T in LIBERTY from Liberty's cap. Also, while this variety is noted as having no dots between the words in the motto, we see the remnants of a dot between IN and GOD, faint but definitely observable with magnification. The letters on each side are also noticeably thinner than on regular strikings, perhaps due, in part, to the polishing done to the die prior to striking this coin. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
As anyone vaguely familiar with pattern coinage is aware, pattern Mercury dimes are very rare and only infrequently offered in the marketplace. Most examples are obviously held in strong hands and reside in major pattern collections. Unfortunately, we have been unable to trace the pedigree of this particular piece.
PR62 $54,050.00 (Jan 14, 2005 HA.com)
1916 10C Mercury Ten Cents, Judd-1983, formerly Judd-1794, R.8
The obverse and reverse designs are very similar to those of the regular issue Mercury dime, with some minor differences. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.