Struck from 1916-1945,
Mercury dimes endured through two world wars. Designed by renowned artist A.A. Weinman, this coin is commonly called the Mercury dime – although it does not depict the Roman god Mercury. Instead, the obverse features Liberty wearing a winged cap, symbolizing freedom of thought. The reverse of the Mercury dime blends a bound cluster of elm and birch rods with an ax blade (ancient Roman symbol of authority and strength) and an olive branch of peace.