So who remembers Mercury dimes in circulation?
I became interested in collecting coins when I was 12 years old, in around 1968. I vividly remember going through rolls of dimes and finding two or three circulated Mercuries in every roll. I’d always pull them out and tossed them in a jar. I was interested in them because they were different, not so much because they were silver. I’d occasionally get Walkers and Frankins in change as well, but I couldn’t afford to save them. Way too much money for a kid with a paper route.
I had older brothers who worked various retail jobs, and they would watch for ‘interesting’ coins for me. They would occasionally bring home an oddball coin for me. One brother even got a Shield Nickel in change once, at a gas station. 50 years later, I still have that virtually slick nickel.
Man, those were magical times!