Mighty, rugged, and now with more battle scars, the great United States approached its 150th birthday with splendor and hopefulness. Despite some early setbacks, the nation was able to pull through and come out on top. By 1926 some of the world’s most wonderful creations had been invented within out boarders, we had seen some mighty triumphs and great loses, we had experienced both amazing leadership and not-so-great leadership but perhaps most importantly we had seen some odd coins. The Mercury dime was not one of these; it donned a denomination that had been around nearly as long as our sovereignty and still held its value. It’s easy to see why the Mercury design is considered one of the most beautiful in coin history and it is certainly a feat that such an intricate design could appear on such a small coin. There was no end in sight or open protests for this coin by 1926 which was evident in the mintage numbers each mint produced this year. Philadelphia, of course, had the largest numbers and reached over one hundred million five years of the series; the San Francisco and Denver mints did not lag too far behind and often neared ten million each series year. Massive mint numbers generally meant wide scale and frequent use, which means worn down coins. Now it is relatively difficult to find dimes in gem condition, none-the-less coins with full split bands on the reverses’ fasces. These small splits between the bands holding the sticks together around the battle axe on the reverse were often the first to go since they were more raised. This dime’s beautiful state and origin location make this something to behold.
As the twenties roared on in the United States seven years post-war, other participating European countries did not share the same fate. Germany by this point had experienced several government downfalls and overturns that few political parties could fulfil the enormous expectations set by its people. Within this turbulence, certain parties sprouted and gained crucial knowledge on how to win over public opinion based on basic needs and interests. The National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP, from the German term) is a prime example of a political party that gained followers through manipulation and bringing to light exactly what was needed, when it was needed. Later named the Nazi Party of Germany, the party’s relatively new leader Adolf Hitler had been released from jail just two years prior in 1924 after he attempted to overthrow the German Reichstag with a couple party members. During his time in jail, Hitler dictated his ideas to a writer and later produced his manifesto titled, Mein Kampf (My Struggle). Hitler hoped that his published work would allow the German people to see his ideas and his inner turmoil to better understand his ultimate goal for Germany. Published in two parts with the second part released in 1926, his work made his wish come true and soon more people attended his public speeches and join the NSDAP. By 1928 he and his party had gained so much traction within the German public that it was included on the political ballot that next election. Though the NSDAP lost that year the percentage rose over time and the rest is history from then on.