1895-O BARBER DIME
PCGS No: 4807
Circulation strikes: 440,000
Designer: Charles E. Barber
Diameter: 17.9 millimeters
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
Weight: Ī2.5 grams
Mintmark: "O" (for New
Orleans, Louisiana) just below the wreath on the reverse
"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
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David &
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service