It was a hundred years ago that the American ten cent piece was redesigned, and who is it that graces the obverse (front) of the small silver disk? Is it Liberty, the goddess that fronted so many American coins until about 1947? Or is it Mercury with a winged helmet? Info here.
I grew up calling it a Mercury dime. (I had a standing offer among my friends in the fourth grade: I would buy any of their pre-1946 dimes for a quarter.)
But look closely. The figure is wearing a cap, not a helmet. And among pagan gods, it seems that helmets aren’t the only headgear that come with wings.
Still, the capped head doesn’t have the flowing hair so often seen on 19th century coins. If a likeness of this person appeared in a restroom today, which would help people feel more comfortable? Or would s/he be a better fit for a Woolworth store?