1916 Was a banner year for U.S. coinage. As American soldiers were heading "Over There" to fight WWI, the U.S. Mint issued three new series of coins, including the "Winged Liberty" dime, the "Standing Liberty" quarter and the "Walking Liberty" half dollar. The smallest denomination of this trio is more commonly known as the "Mercury" dime, as the obverse image of "Lady Liberty" is reminiscent of the Roman god Mercury. When the 100th year of these obsolete coins rolled around in 2016, the Mint celebrated the occasion by issuing 100th Anniversary gold coins that replicate the designs of the 1916 coins.
Offered is a 2016-W Mercury Dime from this celebratory program. This 24K 1/10-OZ. pure gold coin is as good as it gets, with acknowledgement of the fact in the form of an SP70 grade provided by the respected NGC certification service. Setting this example above other specimens of its type is not only the perfect grade score, but also a special encapsulation label that is hand signed by Angela M. Buchanan, who served as 37th Treasurer of the United States. Also noted on the label is the designation "Early Releases", indicating this specimen was received by NGC for consideration within 30 days of first release.