What we are looking at here is quite complex. Its [sic] the head and shoulders of Mercury made from linked structures. The structures have a gold color to them. This reminded me a lot of the old Mercury dimes I collected when I was a kid. The winged head is what really gave this Mars formation away.
But what’s especially funny is that neither Waring nor the Inquisitr writer who recycled him is aware that the “Mercury” dime is a misnomer. The figure depicted on the coin isn’t Mercury, and it isn’t even a man. The head wears the distinctive Phrygian cap of Liberty, and the woman wearing that hat and representing the goddess Liberty is believed to be modeled on Elsie Stevens, the wife of poet Wallace Stevens, whom sculptor Adolph Weinman had used as his model for an earlier bust. The Martians, though, must have had incredible foresight, not just to know that Elsie Stevens would be born thousands of years later but that U.S. Mint officials would have misread the 1890 act that restricted changes in coinage to no more than once per quarter century as requiring a change in design, prompting the creation of the Mercury dime in 1916.