The 90% silver Mercury dime met with widespread approval when introduced in 1916. Designed by noted sculptor A. A. Weinman, the obverse depicts Liberty wearing a winged cap to signify liberty of thought. The reverse features fasces, symbolizing strength and preparedness. An intertwining olive branch stood for the country's love of peace. The 1916 Mercury Dime, struck at the Philadelphia Mint, is prized as the first year of issue for the series.