1893 BARBER DIME
PCGS Nos: 4800, 4877
Circulation strikes: 3,340,000
Designer: Charles E. Barber
Diameter: 17.9 millimeters
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
Weight: ±2.5 grams
Mintmark: None (for
Philadelphia) just below the wreath on the reverse
Images courtesy of David
Lawrence Rare Coins
"Second year of issue and somewhat saved. 1893-P is much tougher than
its 1892 counterpart, but is still readily available. This issue and the
1893-S come well struck, the S-mint particularly so. However, finding a
1893-O with a good strike is not easy. The 1893-P & O have satiny
finishes and the 1893-S will often come proof-like."
"If you find an 1893-O with a
decent strike, buy it. We believe the 1893-S is underrated. The 1893/2 of
course is quite rare and, even if you are not a variety collector, you
should buy one if it becomes available."
The finest Uncirculated example graded by
PCGS is a single MS-67.
The finest Uncirculated "1893/2" examples graded by PCGS are 3
The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68.
The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 5 PRCA-67's.
The finest Proof Deep Cameo
example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-67.
NGC Proof-68. Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s
"October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7420, illustrated, not
Sources and/or recommended
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David &
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service