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Obverse of 1916-S Barber Dime     Reverse of 1916-S Barber Dime


1916-S BARBER DIME

PCGS No: 4871

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,820,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 2.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) just below the wreath on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

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Notes:
"Even though both dates are R1, there is a large difference between them. 1916-P is the second most common date while the 1916-S has about the certified population. This difference becomes important in MS 64 and above where there may not be enough nice specimens of the 1916-S to satisfy collector demand.

Both issues come fairly nice - with decent, but not very sharp strikes - and nice luster. The 1916-P's appearance is a bit more satiny, while the 1916-S tends to be a little brighter."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 7 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