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BARBER DIMES (1892-1916)

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 2.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Notes:
The following is reprinted (with permission) from "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum:

"The Barber dime series consists of 74 regular issues, plus the ultra-rare 1894-S and two major varieties (1893/2-P and 1905-O micro-O). Mint state Barber dimes tend to cost less than Barber quarters or halves and the set's affordability makes it popular."

"A total of 16,918 Barber dimes have been certified by PCGS and NGC in mint state. This compares with 15,315 Barber quarters and 9,636 Barber halves. There were 504 million Barber dimes made, compared with a total production of only 264 million Barber quarters."

"The 1894-S is one of America's true rarities, with 24 made and only nine specimens currently accounted for. This issue is rated R8 in mint state. The finest of these recently sold for $825,000. 1905-O micro-O is also rated R8. Three dates of the series are rated R6, 12 are R5, 10 are R4, 14 are R3, 13 are R2 and 23 are R1."

"There were 8,464 mint state Barber dimes certified in August 1990, when “The Complete Guide to Barber Dimes” was published. This means that approximately 900 mint state dimes have been added to the population reports each year since then."

"Completing a mint state Barber dime set can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. However, patience and perseverance will be necessary.  We wish you luck with this endeavor."

Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Mintmarks: the mintmark appears as a small letter just below the wreath on the reverse, as follows:

None = Philadelphia
O = New Orleans
S = San Francisco
D = Denver

Six different punches were used to make the mintmarks on Barber Dimes, as follows:

San Francisco (three):
1) 1892-1899 - previously used on Seated Liberty Dimes - fat S with tall serifs and loops that are almost completely closed.
2) 1899-1911 - wider and thinner S with loops that are slightly more open and serifs that are not as tall and have a slightly rounded appearance.
3) 1912-1916 - thinner and taller than the preceding, but with smaller serifs and loops that are more open.

Denver (one):
4) 1906-1914

New Orleans (two):
5) 1892-1909 - previously used on Seated Liberty Dimes - fat sides connected by thin lines at top and bottom.
6) 1905 - "Micro" mintmark

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Barber dime Mint mark punches vary", COIN WORLD, November 1, 2004, page 102

"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1892

12,120,000

1,245

 

1892-O

3,841,700

0

 

1892-S

990,710

0

 

1893

3,340,000

792

Look for the rare 1893/2 overdate.

1893-O

1,760,000

0

 

1893-S

2,491,401

0

 

1894

1,330,000

972

 

1894-O

720,000

0

 

1894-S

0

24

One of the rarest and most popular of all U.S. coins!

1895

690,000

880

 

1895-O

440,000

0

 

1895-S

1,120,000

0

 

1896

2,000,000

762

 

1896-O

610,000

0

 

1896-S

575,056

0

 

1897

10,868,533

731

 

1897-O

666,000

0

 

1897-S

1,342,844

0

 

1898

16,320,000

735

 

1898-O

2,130,000

0

 

1898-S

1,702,507

0

 

1899

19,850,000

846

 

1899-O

2,650,000

0

 

1899-S

1,867,493

0

 

1900

17,600,000

912

 

1900-O

2,010,000

0

 

1900-S

5,168,270

0

 

1901

18,859,665

813

 

1901-O

5,620,000

0

 

1901-S

593,022

0

 

1902

21,380,000

777

 

1902-O

4,500,000

0

 

1902-S

2,070,000

0

 

1903

19,500,000

755

 

1903-O

8,180,000

0

 

1903-S

613,300

0

 

1904

14,600,357

670

 

1904-S

800,000

0

 

1905

14,551,623

727

 

1905-O

3,400,000

0

 

1905-S

6,855,199

0

 

1906

19,957,731

675

 

1906-D

4,060,000

0

 

1906-O

2,610,000

0

 

1906-S

3,136,640

0

 

1907

22,220,000

575

 

1907-D

4,080,000

0

 

1907-O

5,058,000

0

 

1907-S

3,178,470

0

 

1908

10,600,000

545

 

1908-D

7,490,000

0

 

1908-O

1,789,000

0

 

1908-S

3,220,000

0

 

1909

10,240,000

650

 

1909-D

954,000

0

 

1909-O

2,287,000

0

 

1909-S

1,000,000

0

 

1910

11,520,000

551

 

1910-D

3,490,000

0

 

1910-S

1,240,000

0

 

1911

18,870,000

543

 

1911-D

11,209,000

0

 

1911-S

3,520,000

0

 

1912

19,349,300

700

 

1912-D

11,760,000

0

 

1912-S

3,420,000

0

 

1913

19,760,000

622

 

1913-S

510,000

0

 

1914

17,360,230

425

 

1914-D

11,908,000

0

 

1914-S

2,100,000

0

 

1915

5,620,000

450

 

1915-S

960,000

0

 

1916

18,490,000

0

 

1916-S

5,820,000

0