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Mercury Dimes

Rabbi Elchanan Lewis23 Tammuz 5764
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Question
Is a Jew allowed to own Mercury dimes, as in a coin collection?
Answer
Since the Mercury dime was not made for idolatry purposes and since the image is only a profile one, you can hold these kinds of coins. (Ridbaz response 8, 117; Shach Yo"d 141, 25; Igrot Moshe Yo"d 1, 69 ;and more)
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