1919 MERCURY 10C MS67 Full Bands
GEM SATIN WHITE SURFACES. TIED WITH TWO OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
The now cherished Mercury dime had now been in circulation for three years by 1919 and proved a valuable asset to consumers and merchants alike throughout World War I. This beautiful dime designed by Adolph A. Weinman, had already gained significant value just from its beauty alone, but its true value laid within its usefulness through the First World War and later the Great Depression.
While tensions had calmed in Europe since the end of the war and the Great Depression would not happen for another ten years, there was still frequent domestic and international turmoil for the United States in 1919. Domestic issues included a slew of race riots and political protests that spread across the country like wild fire. Philadelphia, home to this little dime, was no exception and saw frequent racial tension throughout 1918 and 1919. It is likely that there was increased animosity between races since the end of the Civil War because one was always told the other was superior, which certainly not the case. Now with the implementation of Jim Crow laws and strict segregation, there was no wonder unhappiness and tension spread. Philadelphia also experienced a hard hit from the ongoing Spanish Influenza that had started in 1918. The Spanish Influenza seized the lives of sixteen thousand Philadelphians out of the entire five hundred forty-eight thousand lost throughout the United States.
Internationally, the Nation dealt with the reconstruction of Europe’s relations and governments after WWI. Britain, France, and the United States all congregated at the Paris Peace Conference to discuss further actions for the allied nations against the central powers. Within the meeting several new ideas including the creation of a worldwide committee, the League of Nations which would later turn into the United Nations, were shared. The League of Nations was the brainchild of our very own Woodrow Wilson who coincidentally had been the first president to travel to Europe while in office. After several months of deliberations, the members of the conference decided the fate of the central powers and how to proceed with the destruction faced by the allied powers. The main perpetrator of the laws, Germany, received the most punishment in the form of both colonial and contingent territory being taken away as well as strict disarmament regulations and arrangements to pay off European debts. Thereafter, with the signatures of all countries involved, the drawn up Treaty of Versailles officially put the Great War to rest after five years.