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A most uncommon common dime
The 1945 Philadelphia dime is the fifth most common Winged Liberty Head (Mercury) dime. Circulated examples trade for silver bullion value and Uncirculated ones catalog for $7. However, if the coin is sharply struck, as this one is, creating fully split bands on the fasces on the reverse, the value can climb to $20,000.