Rare 1916-D Mercury Dime Sells for Nearly $11,000

A rare 1916-D Mercury dime was recently sold on eBay for nearly $11,000.

The dime features a portrait of Lady Liberty on the front and has the date 1916 with a "D" mintmark, denoting that it was minted in Denver.

 The 1916-D Mercury dime is considered one of the most sought-after key dates of 20th-century numismatics, with a low mintage of only 264,000.

Due to their age and rarity, these dimes are valuable in any condition, with even low-grade examples selling for over $1,000.

The version sold on eBay was especially prized for its full split bands on the reverse fasces image, which is a bundle of sticks with an axe and olive branch symbolizing authority balanced by peace.

Many Mercury dimes have worn down or barely visible bands, but this dime was described as having "monster" full split bands that are very visible.

The clear "D" on the obverse also confirms its authenticity as a Denver-minted dime, as opposed to the more common 1916 dime made in Philadelphia.