The cruelty of mint marks

22 Oct

I took the day off today so I could go to the doctor. No surprises there: lose weight, exercise more, less salt, more vegetables, etc, etc. To relax after the stressful doctor’s visit, I took Maurice for another foray into Wichita’s oldest park. This park is very small and very, very trashy.

After about an hour, I got an ugly, trashy signal. I dig those at this park because I want to clean the park in preparation for the 11 inch coil that is forthcoming. Before I dug it however, I checked it with my 4KHz program and wow! the signal changed to very distinctive iron grunts and a smooth, silky, come-and-dig-me-big-boy, kind of signal. I couldn’t believe the difference changing the frequency made on this signal.

So I dug the hole and around the 8 inch mark, I saw the silver disk of my third ever 1916 Mercury dime! My last two 1916 Mercs didn’t have a mint mark and I couldn’t see if this one did. I wasn’t about to rub it though! (Just in case you don’t know, the 1916D Mercury dime is worth some $$, almost $700 in this condition)


I had to deliver some paper work to Steve so I called him and he said I could come by to wash the coin and see the mint mark.

Steve ran some water over the dime and we set into the task of determining if a mint mark existed.

It had a mint mark! Steve got his trusty printer’s loupe and after not being sure handed the coin to me. I immediately saw a D on the back!! I started dancing and celebratin’ but Steve still wasn’t sure.

Eventually, I came home and put the coin under my microscope:



Alas! the S couldn’t be more clear.

So there it is. Another dream dashed against the rocks of reality.

Still, this is silver coin number 4 from that park for me and silver coin number 51 for the year.

Thank you for looking!


4 Responses to “The cruelty of mint marks”

  1. lawdog1 October 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    “D” / “S” – what’s the difference? Do you have a video of the dance?

  2. pulltabMiner October 23, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    The difference is about $686 LOL!
    And no, lucky for humanity, no video of the dancing was taken.

  3. Ralf November 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I would love to hunt one day in the US 😦

    great post !

    always good finds …

    HELLO from metal detecting Germany


    • pulltabMiner November 12, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Ralf, thank you for stopping by! If you do come to the US, you want to hunt the East coast and the Southern states. That’s where all the good stuff is. In the middle of the country, it is very hard to find stuff.

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