Mercury Dimes have been worn in traditional Hoodoo for 200+ years for health and luck reasons. Worn on the left ankle with red string tied it beleived because the dimeis so rare that it aids in the health process. Mercury being the God of information and travel and the coruler of Virgo the sign of health it is no wonder where the affiliations come from. I also believe that the enslaved also believed the silver make up of the dime.The Mercury dime is a ten-cent coin struck by the United States Mint from late 1916 to 1945. Designed by Adolph Weinman and also referred to as the Winged Liberty Head dime, it gained its common name because the obverse depiction of a young Liberty, identifiable by her winged Phrygian cap, was confused with the Roman god Mercury. Weinman is believed to have used Elsie Stevens, the wife of lawyer and poet Wallace Stevens, as a model. The coin’s reverse depicts a fasces, symbolizing unity and strength, and an olive branch, signifying peace.The 1942/41 Mercury Dime from the Philadelphia Mint is one of the most well-known overdates on any US coin. Although the variety was first discovered and announced in 1943, very few Mint State pieces survive today, and any example of this variety is worth a hefty premium. There is a similar 1942/41 variety from the Denver Mint, but the under-date is not nearly as pronounced and is therefore less desirable.Many gamblers in the U.S. swear by the luck of the leap year Mercury dime. The “silver dime” as it’s also known, is used in the religion of hoodoo to help conjure luck as well. These practices likely stem from Mercury being the god of “the crossroads” or fate, as well as chance.