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(1892-1916) Liberty Head “Barber” Dime

CoinTrapTM Commentary: The Liberty Head dime became known as the “Barber” dime based on the name of its designer and chief engraver, Charles E. Barber.

The obverse of the coin features a Liberty “Head” derived from Greek and Roman models, having a wreath about the head and a cap situated atop the head. 13 stars are prominently featured, which represent the thirteen original colonies of the United States.

The reverse of the Barber dime features a wreath comprised of a variety of American agricultural produce, such as corn and grains. The words “ONE DIME” are in the center of the reverse side of the coin. 

The Barber dimes were used heavily in circulation, and even though it is difficult to find these in good condition, even the worn ones can be worth a considerable amount of money. The grandaddy mint date of all Barber dimes is the 1894-S, one of the rarest and most valuable coins of all time.  Only 24 of these were ever produced by the U.S. Mint and a fraction of those are known to still exist.  1894-S coins can sell for millions of dollars.  Another key date is the 1895-O.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Liberty Head “Barber” dime coin?  It shouldn’t be a surprise, that well, it depends. The main factors that will determine the value or worth of your Liberty Head Barber Dime are these: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin, sometimes referred to as deep cameo or DCAM, (3) the mint mark (e.g., S for San Francisco, O for New Orleans, D for Denver, and P or blank for Philadelphia), and (5) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Barber dime coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*.  If you do not know the grade of your Liberty Head “Barber” coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

Liberty Head “Barber” Dime Coin Mint Years: 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916

Liberty Head Barber Dime - Obverse

Liberty Head Barber Dime - Reverse

Obverse - Liberty Head “Barber” Dime

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Reverse - Liberty Head “Barber” Dime

Designer: Charles E. Barber

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    The United State Government initially asked ten well known artists of the time to submit designs for a new dime. The artists, however, requested compensation for their time, and so the U.S. Government instead opened it up to a public contest. Unfortunately, none of the designs that were submitted were of suitable quality, and the the job for designing the new coin ultimately fell to Charles Barber.  The new design was first minted and entered circulation in 1892.  

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