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Obverse of 1898-O Barber Dime     Reverse of 1898-O Barber Dime


PCGS No: 4816


Circulation strikes: 2,130,000
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

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"The 1898-O and 1898-S are very similar in scarcity, but for different reasons. The O-mint was not saved because the coins were produced and distributed in a poor part of the country (at the turn of the century). The humid climate was also not conducive to preservation."

"However, 1898-O is one of the poorest struck issues of the entire series. We have seen several examples of mint state coins which are so poorly struck above Liberty's forehead that only a few letters of the word LIBERTY could be seen. It is not uncommon for the hair above the forehead to completely lack detail. On the reverse, wreath detail will be similarly soft."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's.

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

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