Barber Dime (1892 – 1916)

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History

The Barber dime series began in 1892 and continued through 1916. These dimes were minted in the Philadelphia, New Orleans, Denver and San Francisco mints. The obverse or front of the coin displays an image of the head of Liberty with a crown fashioned from an olive branch and a headband with the word, “Liberty” around her head and a ribbon tied behind her hair. The words, “United States Of America”, encircle the head of Liberty. The date of mintage appears below Liberty’s head. The reverse of the coin displays an ornate wreath. The denomination, written as “One Dime”, appears inside the wreath. Mintmarks are situated immediately below the wreath. The Barber dime weighs 2.50 grams and is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. The diameter of the coin is 17.9 mm.

After over 50 years of the Seated Liberty series, there was a strong interest in replacing the design. To this day however there are mixed opinions as to the quality of the Barber design. The fact that this design lasted only a little more than twenty years suggests that it may not have been especially popular. This does not mean to say that there are not collectors of the series, as most coins are not that difficult to obtain. With the exception of several semi-key dates and one particular key-date coin, it is not particularly difficult to complete a circulated strike collection of the entire series. Outside of proof coins, many of the circulation strike Barber dimes were minted in the millions and only one date, the 1895 O had a mintage of less than 500,000 coins.

Value

Most common dates in the series in well circulated condition can be purchased for under $10, however they do increase in value to over $250 for high mint state specimens. Semi-key date coins in the series can exceed $1,000 in mint state. The only true rarities in the series are the aforementioned 1895 O which in high grade can attain a value of over $10,000 and the 1894 S in proof, (of which only twenty-four are known to have been minted). This coin, in exceptional proof condition, has reached a value in excess of $1,500,000.

Since these coins have a high silver content, they are referred to as “constitutional” or “junk” silver and raw, ungraded examples have been sold and melted down just for the silver content making it possible that some coins may actually be more rare than their mintages would reflect. However, extremely poor, worn example coins
do not have any appreciable collector value and so are only worth the current value, (or “spot price”), reflected by their silver content.

There are many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, and the aforementioned values reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their quality and value and therefore their potential worth.

We Buy Barber Dimes

We would like to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for them, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.