Some exciting news from Quadrivium Supplies – for a limited time, we are offering Mercury dimes for sale!
The Mercury dime is a ten-cent coin struck by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1945. Designed by Adolph Weinman and sometimes referred to as the Winged Liberty dime, it gained the term “Mercury dime” because the depiction of Liberty, in her winged cap, was often confused with the Roman god Mercury. The reverse of the coin shows a a bundle of wooden sticks with an axe blade emerging from the center, called a fasces, symbolizing unity and strength, and an olive branch, signifying peace.
In hoodoo and some other forms of American folk magic, a Mercury dime is considered an extremely lucky talisman. Traditionally, it is pierced, anointed with oils, and worn on a cotton string around the ankle. It is said to turn black if the wearer is being attacked with negative magic. Other practitioners wear a Mercury dime as a pendant around the neck for the same reason, but also as a charm for luck. The Mercury dime is also a common item found in “mojo bags” or “mojo hands” created for various purposes, usually related to luck or money. Due to the god Mercury’s position as patron of games of chance and sleight of hand, the Mercury dime is considered a powerful talisman for gambling purposes.
We recently discovered a local coin dealer who had something of a stash of circulated Mercury dimes. This means the coins are somewhat worn and tarnished, as they were actually used. A coin dealer would find that this makes the coin worth less to them, but for magical purposes, a circulated coin may well be more effective than an uncirculated one – the theory is that the coin has been in contact with other money and has been “in the flow” of circulation, and will work more effectively for attracting wealth. Leap year Mercury dimes (1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944) are considered especially lucky.
Certain Mercury dimes are worth a lot of money to coin dealers, due to imperfections or errors in stamping. Dealers buy lots of 100 or more coins at a time in order to get the rare one or two in the batch. The rest of them are sold off in various ways. Our local dealer was happy to find someone who’d take his “extra” Mercury dimes off his hands at a fair price. They’re more expensive than they used to be, as the price of silver has gone up and Mercury dimes are 90% silver, but not unreasonably priced if you can buy them in batches.
Quadrivium Supplies is now carrying Mercury dimes, probably for a limited time. We will be listing the dimes by year as they come in, and allowing customers to select which particular dime they’d like to purchase. Customers are welcome to ask for photographs of the particular coin they’re interested in before committing to purchase, and we are willing to clean the tarnish off purchased coins if requested. In case the customer is interested in wearing the dime as jewelry, we’ve obtained some bezels (basically, a metal circle that snaps around the dime and has a screw-on top with a jump ring in it so that it can be worn as a pendant) and silver chains so that we can offer Mercury dime necklaces to our customers. As a loose coin or a pendant, a Mercury dime is considered to be a powerful luck and money talisman – one uniquely suited for use with ritual oils.
If you’re interested in buying one of our Mercury dimes, the Quadrivium Supplies Mercury Dime site lists the coins currently available. It is updated as we buy lots of new coins, and as other coins are sold. The dimes are available by special order only at this time – if it turns out that we are able to obtain a steady, reliable supply of the dimes, they will be added to our list of products.