Error or Counterfeit 1916 D Mercury Dime

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  1. dennis5151

    dennis5151 Ole Grim and I are on first name basis.

    Time to learn about reverse offset. 20240317_144522.jpg 20240317_144617.jpg 20240317_144649.jpg 20240317_150727.jpg 20240317_150747.jpg 20240316_154926.jpg

    I evilbay posted a 1916 D SEGS AG3 Mercury and someone flagged it as a counterfeit or replica. I took a closer look and the only thing I see "wrong" is the reverse appears to be offset 7 or 8 degrees to the clockwise relative to obverse 12:00. I verified it was slabbed on 8-3-2003 at SEGS. (21076109)

    So, weigh in.... were 1916 D dimes offset? Do you see any indication of counterfiet or replica.

    I compared it to my: 42/41 which appears to be about 3 degrees offset.

    I compared it to my 1942 S Micro S, 1942, 1916 S, 1945 D, 1930, and 42/41 D. None appear to be offset.
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  3. dennis5151

    dennis5151 Ole Grim and I are on first name basis.

    I see the first 1 of the date is dinged.
  4. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

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  5. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    The marks around the MM give me more pause than the rotation.
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  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    And I'll add this..... Once these dimes have the rims worn this far down, the mint mark is typically almost indecipherable. Never seen a Merc this worn with such a clear mint mark and I have seen more than a few.
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  7. Kevin Mader

    Kevin Mader Fellow Coin Enthusiast Supporter

    I was thinking the same but the wear on the E that’s adjacent looks the same. Placement looks correct too. I’m leaning that it’s genuine although I’m not an expert on these Mercury dimes.
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  8. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    Reverse offset is not the issue.

    At all.

    If you are content with the genuineness of this piece, that is what is important.
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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    As far as offset goes, any coin can be slightly off to 180* off from the other side. Your Dime looks real to me but I would send it to PCGS or ANACS to be sure. SEGS is not the best TPG to have a coin like this in.
  10. dennis5151

    dennis5151 Ole Grim and I are on first name basis.

    Thank you, very helpful on the rotation. Looks like a 1:00 die version.

    Evilbay may have kicked the coin off because they do not recognize SEGS.

    Thanks to everyone for the comments. Sending to PCGS is a great ideal. I already reposted on ebay and if it gets kicked off or I again question the authenticity, I will pull and send to PCGS.
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  11. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Oh, of course. Last I checked, eBay specifically forbids listing any coins from unapproved TPGs with listing photos that show the slab grade. You're still allowed to sell them, you just aren't allowed to reference or show the (untrusted) grade.

    There's a good chance it was that, not any question of authenticity, that actually got your listing booted.
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