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Obverse of 1942 Mercury Head Dime     Reverse of 1942 Mercury Head Dime


1942 MERCURY HEAD DIME

PCGS Nos: 5034, 5035, 5077

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 205,410,000
Proofs: 22,329

Designer: Adolph Alexander Weinman

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 2.50 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) just to the right of the E of ONE on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

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Notes:
The most popular and valuable variety of this year is the 1942/1 overdate (illustrated above).

The finest Uncirculated non-Full Bands example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest Uncirculated Full Bands examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-68's.

The finest Uncirculated "1942/1"  non-Full Bands example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Uncirculated "1942/1"  Full Bands examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 25 MS-68's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-66.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, May 20, 1953, page 508