This listing is for the pictured set of Mercury Head (aka "Winged Liberty Head") silver dimes and Roosevelt dimes (both silver and copper-nickel clad) in a very old used Whitman album. This particular album is somewhat unique in my experience. The set is a stunning collection of both the Mercury Head and Roosevelt designs of our Ten Cents coins, from 1916 (the first year of the Mercury dimes) to 1977.
By my estimation, the album has holes for coins through 1980, although the album was pre-printed only for the coins through 1965. And since the album has a pre-printed hole for a coin dated 1965-D and no such coin was ever made, I can only presume the album was made some time in 1964 or earlier. I filled the hole for a 1965-D coin with a filler marked "Not Made", to avoid any possible confusion created by the album labeling.
The Mercury set is complete except for the key date coins of 1916-D, 1921(P), 1921-D, and the overdate coin of 1942/1. The overdate coin from Denver in 1942 must not have been discovered before 1965, since there is no hole in the album for that coin (and consequently, no coin included in the set).The Roosevelt silver dimes are complete, from the inception of that series in 1946 through the end of silver coinage in 1964. It also includes ten (10) Uncirculated Roosevelt dimes made in the copper-nickel clad composition used on our dimes from 1965 onward. To completely fill up the album, a little work must still be done - but not much!
I grade all the Mercuries from About Good (AG) to Extra Fine (EF), all the silver Roosevelts from Fine (F) to About Uncirculated (AU), and all the clad Roosevelts as Choice Uncirculated or better. But with my opinion given, you should grade the coins and judge their condition for yourself from the photos (as always) because coin grading is a subjective art and not an objective science. In my opinion, this is an above-average set insofar as circulated sets are generally concerned.
And although I have applied no value to the album, such a neat historical piece should have. It should be easy enough to replace the album if you can tell and it bothers you --- but to each his own. Up until the last 15 to 20 years or so, smoking was not "taboo" in our society and any coin older than that has certainly been exposed. However, it is not possible to avoid their exposure entirely --- and that effort does not apply at all to my packing materials. Thank you for your interest, and hopefully your patronage!The item "Giant Collection of Mercury Head and Roosevelt Silver & Clad Dimes, 1916 to 1977" is in sale since Monday, April 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ US\Dimes\Mixed Lots". The seller is "garmstrong6567" and is located in Leeds, Alabama. This item can be shipped to United States.