Gold 2016-W Winged Liberty Head dime mintage limit at 125,000

Pricing to be revealed closer to April 21 launch
By , Coin World
Published : 04/07/16
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The product limit is set at 125,000 coins for the Uncirculated 2016-W Winged Liberty Head Centennial gold dime, which goes on sale at noon Eastern Time April 21 from the U.S. Mint.

The 2016 gold dime has an initial household order limit of 10. Mint officials say they will continue to monitor sales and adjust the household order limit as appropriate.

Pricing for each of the three planned Centennial gold coins will follow the U.S. Mint pricing schedule for gold coins. Each will be priced according to the range where it appears on the U.S. Mint Gold Coin Pricing Grid, based on the market price of gold and other factors. The initial purchase price will be revealed closer to the product release date.

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The coin is a 24-karat gold version of sculptor Adolph A. Weinman's Winged Liberty Head dime, which was struck in .900 fine silver when introduced into circulation in 1916.

The much-anticipated dime is the first of three Centennial anniversary coins in gold to replicate .900 fine silver versions originally introduced in 1916. The other two, also dated 2016 and also composed of .9999 fine gold, replicate the Standing Liberty quarter dollar designed by sculptor Hermon A. MacNeil and the Walking Liberty half dollar, also designed by Weinman.

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The U.S. Mint exhibited an example of the dime in a display case at the bureau's booth at the Whitman Baltimore Expo March 31 to April 3.

The dime's diameter is 16.5 millimeters, or 0.65-inch. The thickness is 1.19 millimeters or 0.047-inch. The coin has a reeded edge and a circulation-strike finish.

The dime is a tenth-ounce coin, the quarter dollar a quarter-ounce coin, and the half dollar a half-ounce coin.

All three Centennial gold coins are being struck at the West Point Mint with the W Mint mark.

Each of the dimes was struck twice with average striking pressure of 40 tons per strike on a Graebener GMP 360 press with the dies oriented vertically.

The obverse is the hammer die and the reverse the anvil die. The average die life was 1,900 coins per die.

The production of the 125,000 maximum mintage of gold dimes at the West Point Mint was started on Feb. 23 and ended on March 21.

Leach Garner from Attleboro, Mass., supplied the U.S. Mint with the finished planchets for the Winged Liberty Head gold dimes and will also provide the finished planchets for the gold Standing Liberty Centennial quarter dollar and Walking Liberty Centennial half dollar.

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