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1895-O BARBER DIME

PCGS No: 4807

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 440,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: Ī2.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

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

 

Notes:
"1895-O is the "key" to the Barber dime series (1894-S excluded) and, as such, often sought after by non-Barber collectors. Though it doesn't have the lowest mint state population, it is the most valuable because of its scarcity in all circulated grades. (By contrast, the 1894-O is always available through at least XF grades.) Strike of this issue ranges from decent to outstanding. Because it is a key date it is sometimes hoarded. Finding coins below MS60 isnít too difficult and we recommend finding a certified piece in any grade because of counterfeits and coins with added mint marks. As the population numbers bear out, mint state specimens are very scarce and there arenít enough coins to satisfy collector demand. If you are lucky enough to find a nice, mint state example, grab it. Youíll likely have to pay a premium."

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

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