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1939 Mercury Dime - Dream Coin Acquisition???

keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,395 ✭✭✭✭✭

So, the thread asking what your dream coins are got me thinking. There are many great and obvious answers in that thread. I mentioned the J-1776 along with another 100+ coins. But then I thought a little more. I may have acquired one of my dream coins this week! Is this on par with the J-1776? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...no.

I am always working on high grade Mercury Dimes in one way or another. I try to find really nicely toned examples when I can. Not long ago, a forum member decided to change the focus of his collection. I was late to the party to find out. At that moment, I reached out to him and acquired seven coins directly. The holy grail of his collection was already gone. I chased it as it changed hands a couple of times over a couple weeks...keeping the USPS in business. As you chase things, prices tend to go up and it is frequently ill-advised.

In this case, I knew it would be a highlight of my collection. After studying coin facts and auction results, it is easy to see that this coin stands well above all other 1939 Philly Examples in the toning department. It is also more impressive than many of the high grade 1939-D toners, although not all. For most other dates, it also stands above. It also doesn't hurt that this coin is MS68.

So, coming back to the dream coin thread, does this qualify, within the Late Date Set of Mercury Dimes (1934-1945) when toning is considered? I think it does and I consider this a dream coin acquired. Ever since I first learned of this coin years ago from it's previous long-term owner, I knew I wanted it. I am convinced I won't have to look for any more 1939 Philly examples. And yes, this coin has been shared on the forums a few times by it's previous long-term owner. But, never by me. This is my proud moment. :smile:

"If it's not fun, it's not worth it." - KeyMan64
Looking for Top Pop Mercury Dime Varieties & High Grade Mercury Dime Toners. :smile:


  • erwindocerwindoc Posts: 4,760 ✭✭✭✭✭



  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,158 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Splendid example!
    Congratulations :)

  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,346 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome! @keyman64

    Just awesome!! <3

    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

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  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,698 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Absolute collection maker. Congrats km.

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  • FloridafacelifterFloridafacelifter Posts: 1,053 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Now that is a beautiful coin- congratulations! And the hunt is fun too!

  • MFeldMFeld Posts: 11,054 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, that sure sounds like a dream coin acquisition, and it’s a spectacular looking one, at that - congratulations!

    Mark Feld* of Heritage Auctions*Unless otherwise noted, my posts here represent my personal opinions.

  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,236 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Love this example. A mind-blowing '39 Merc, for sure. Congrats!


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  • robecrobec Posts: 6,376 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you’re looking for a high grade Mercury with spectacular color look no further. If I spotted that coin at a show while walking by I would need to see a chiropractor for my whiplash. Absolutely stunning.

  • JWPJWP Posts: 14,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats, a super nice looking Mercury.

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,712 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is the kind of eye-appealing toning pattern that the serious collectors of toned coins want. Very nice.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,255 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just gorgeous. Big time congrats and am glad it is home with a specialist!

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
  • MidLifeCrisisMidLifeCrisis Posts: 10,503 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Excellent! Congratulations, my friend!

  • DCWDCW Posts: 6,747 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome toning pattern!
    This should definitely be your new avatar:

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    "Coin collecting for outcasts..."

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,052 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can’t get much prettier than that.

  • kazkaz Posts: 9,004 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow, that's just stunning. Congratulations!

  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,346 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @keyman64 said:

    This calls for a couple of animated gifs from the old forum. Who remembers these?

    WooHoo!!! :)

    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

    Todd - BHNC #242
  • DCWDCW Posts: 6,747 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your coin must be special, as I've come back to view it several times since your post. Such unique toning. Congrats on your fine acquisition! You'll never regret paying up for that one

    Dead Cat Waltz Exonumia
    "Coin collecting for outcasts..."

  • FranklinHalfAddictFranklinHalfAddict Posts: 636 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats on your acquisition! That surely is a stunner.

  • FranklinHalfAddictFranklinHalfAddict Posts: 636 ✭✭✭✭✭

    And being an MS68 I’m sure it’s far more incredible in hand than a trueview can show.

  • BucketHeadBucketHead Posts: 127 ✭✭✭

    I’m not really into toned coins but this coin is making me question myself.

  • DollarAfterDollarDollarAfterDollar Posts: 3,205 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I wouldn't boot her out of bed.

    If you do what you always did, you get what you always got.
  • MidLifeCrisisMidLifeCrisis Posts: 10,503 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice avatar!

  • jomjom Posts: 3,358 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wonderful! It looks like a 39D from that hoard in the 90s....but it isn't. Nice one! Congrads.


  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,726 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 17, 2022 5:25PM

    Congrats on a spectacular coin! Love the color!

  • Pnies20Pnies20 Posts: 1,854 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Great year! I put a ‘39 date set together as it’s my dad’s birthday. Let me tell you, my dime is nowhere near this one 🥵

    BHNC Associate member #AN-07 … 88 and counting.

  • remumcremumc Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭

    Beautiful Keyman, congrats!



  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @keyman64 ... That is a great Mercury dime..... Certainly a winner for the color collectors. Looks like it was super close to FB also... Congratulations on getting your dream coin. Cheers, RickO

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