Barber Dime

The Barber Dimes remain a series that is somewhat overlooked by collectors. During the 25 year span when the series was issued, there were numerous coins with lower mintages. Since these were not saved in any quantity, high mint state graded examples are extremely elusive. Although these coins carry premiums, they are low in comparison to coins of comparable rarity from other more popular series. 

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Barber Dime

The designer of the Barber Dime was Charles E. Barber, who was serving as the chief sculptor at the United States Mint at the time the series was contemplated and eventually released. The obverse features the head of Liberty facing right, wearing a cap adorned with a band inscribed “Liberty” and a wreath with thirteen leaves. Many have drawn comparisons to the Morgan Dollars designed by Charles Morgan several years earlier. The reverse of the coin features an agricultural wreath with a central inscription of the denomination “One Dime”. This concept was carried over from the previous series.

For the Barber Dime series:

  • There were a total of 74 date and mint mark combinations. The dates range from 1892 to 1916. The mint facilities include Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and New Orleans.
  • The total number of circulation strike coins issued for the entire series is 504,515,051.
  • The average mintage for an issue of the series was 6,817,771.
  • The 1895-O Barber Dime has the lowest mintage at 440,000, and the 1907 has the highest mintage at 22,220,000.
  • During the course of the series, there were 13 separate issues with a mintage for circulation below the one million mark.

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Barber Dime Mintages

1892 12,120,000
1892-O 3,841,700
1892-S 990,710
1893 3,340,000
1893-O 1,760,000
1893-S 2,491,401
1894 1,330,000
1894-O 720,000
1895 690,000
1895-O 440,000
1895-S 1,120,000
1896 2,000,000
1896-O 610,000
1896-S 575,056
1897 10,868,533
1897-O 666,000
1897-S 1,342,844
1898 16,320,000
1898-O 2,130,000
1898-S 1,702,507
1899 19,850,000
1899-O 2,650,000
1899-S 1,867,493
1900 17,600,000
1900-O 2,010,000
1900-S 5,168,270
1901 18,859,665
1901-O 5,620,000
1901-S 593,022
1902 21,380,000
1902-O 4,500,000
1902-S 2,070,000
1903 19,500,000
1903-O 8,180,000
1903-S 613,300
1904 14,600,357
1904-S 800,000
1905 14,551,623
1905-O 3,400,000
1905-S 6,855,199
1906 19,957,731
1906-D 4,060,000
1906-O 2,610,000
1906-S 3,136,640
1907 22,220,000
1907-D 4,080,000
1907-O 5,058,000
1907-S 3,178,470
1908 10,600,000
1908-D 7,490,000
1908-O 1,789,000
1908-S 3,220,000
1909 10,240,000
1909-D 954,000
1909-O 2,287,000
1909-S 1,000,000
1910 11,520,000
1910-D 3,490,000
1910-S 1,240,000
1911 18,870,000
1911-D 11,209,000
1911-S 3,520,000
1912 19,349,300
1912-D 11,760,000
1912-S 3,420,000
1913 19,760,000
1913-S 510,000
1914 17,360,230
1914-D 11,908,000
1914-S 2,100,000
1915 5,620,000
1915-S 960,000
1916 18,490,000
1916-S 5,820,000

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