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Obverse of 1894-O Barber Dime     Reverse of 1894-O Barber Dime


PCGS No: 4804


Circulation strikes: 720,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 2.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, Louisiana) just below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

"The 1894-O is one of the most difficult dates to find in mint state. There are only three dates with an R6 rarity, and one of these (1893/2) is a variety. Don't try to find this coin in AU58 either, because only three have been certified. Normally 1894-O comes with an average strike-perhaps a little bit soft-but a very few have shown up with nice strikes. One wonder coin is even proof-like!"

"Don't be fussy about the 1894-O. It is just too hard to come by."

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's.

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