The Barber or Liberty Head Dime is part of a coinage series that also includes quarters and half-dollars. The United States Mint created these coins in conjunction with their then-chief engraver, Charles Barber. This is how the coin series earned its “Barber” coin nickname. The dimes, like the other coinage in the series, was minted from 1892 to 1916.
How did these coins get their design? In the late 1800s, the United States went through a series of changes with the rise of Industrial America. Americans wanted to see new and improved versions of almost everything, including coinage with the Seated Liberty design. So, the US Mint, by way of its then-director, Edward Leech put on a competition for a new coinage design, but hardly anyone showed up to participate. Artists felt as though the competition was unfair because only the winner would get a cash prize. So instead, Leech went to his chief engraver, Barber, and asked him to come up with a design. What Barber came up with is the “Liberty Head” series. President Benjamin Harrison approved the new design in November of 1891, and ever since then, the coin has gotten mixed reviews from the public. Though, in recent years, the coin has become popular with collectors again.
Composition of Barber Dime
The value of these coins vary, just like with any other coin. Their value is based on the year of the minting, the location of the minting, and, of course, the overall condition of the individual coin. Particularly with this coin, condition is very important to the overall value. Because these coins have silver content, that also adds to their value and pricing.
To get a good grasp on the value of your Barber Dime, you’ll have to closely examine it. As we said above, the coin’s condition has a drastic effect on its value. Also, the date the coin was minted and where it was minted have an effect on the value. Here is how to examine your coin:
The value of a Barber Dime is based on a few things, including where it was minted. The mint mark is located just below Lady Liberty’s wreath. Here, you’ll see the year the coin was made (for example, 1909-) and then its mint mark, “D” for the Denver Mint, “O” for the New Orleans Mint, or “S” for the San Francisco Mint. Barber Dimes were also produced at the Philadelphia Mint, but the Philadelphia Mint mark wasn’t used until after this coin was produced. Coins produced in Philadelphia are the most common and, therefore, they contain the least value. Coins produced in San Francisco are more valuable, especially if they are in good condition or extremely fine condition. Coins minted in Denver are less valuable than those minted in San Francisco, but more valuable than coins minted in New Orleans or Philadelphia.
Yes. Barber Dimes, aka Liberty Dimes, can be bought or sold, but you’ll want to work with a broker that knows these coins and their value. These coins are sought after by collectors and therefore are considered valuable, depending on a few different things. Value fluctuates, but as more and more people understand the value of collecting silver, the price will appreciate accordingly.
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