(update 8/19/2013) Designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman (December 11, 1870 – August 8, 1952) an American sculptor born in Germany. Although Weinman is now best known as a numismatist, when he was once introduced as such he vehemently denied being one and said that he was an architectural sculptor. Despite his objections he is still best remembered as the designer of the Walking Liberty half dollar and Mercury dime along with various medals for the Armed Services. Although this coin is commonly referred to as the Mercury Dime, the main device is in fact a representation of Liberty. The wings crowning her cap are intended to symbolize freedom of thought. Mr. Weinman’s initials AW are found to the right of the neck. This beautiful sculpture would be a perfect gift for that favorite numismatist in your life, even if that happens to be you.