Coin and Paper Money Collecting/name of 1941 dime

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Jim, Why is the 1941 dime called a "mercury dime"? Do you know how it got this name?

Answer
It was because the figure on the obverse of the coin looked to the public like Mercury.  This was because of the wing on the cap worn by Liberty.  Thus, the technically correct name was "Winged Liberty Dime."  The public knew of Mercury as the speedy god so that the wing suggested Mercury.  Indeed Mercury's speed is what led to the innermost planet being named Mercury, as it is the fastest planet going around the sun, Jim Lawniczak

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Jim Lawniczak

Expertise

I will answer your questions about encased coins (lucky pennies), which are advertising and event tokens with coins, unually cents, struck with the token.

Experience

Long time collector of encased coins and author of several articles on encased coins.

Organizations
TAMS, ECI (Encased Collectors International)

Publications
TAMS -- several articles on encased coins, in particular the encased coins of the 1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition
Casement -- many articles on encased coins

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