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Obverse of 1893 Barber Dime     Reverse of 1893 Barber Dime


1893 BARBER DIME

PCGS Nos: 4800, 4877

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,340,000
Proofs: 792

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 2.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) just below the wreath on the reverse

   

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Notes:
"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 MS-66's.

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.

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-68.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7420, illustrated, not sold

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1893 Dime     Reverse of 1893 Dime


Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin

From Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach Sale", February 7-8, 2000, Lot 189, "NGC graded Mint State 67", sold for $2,300.00