Barber Dimes


Barber Dimes were minted from 1892 to 1916. Barber Dimes were very popular, replacing the 55-year old Seated Liberty design. They largely went into circulation and stayed there, and most of the earlier dates are available mainly in low grades.

The series contains one of the legendary rarities of all U.S. coins, the 1894-S dime, a special issue of just 24 coins, with just 9 or 10 known today. The key date of the regular issue coins is 1895-O, with a mintage of 440,000.


In addition to the 1895-O, the series contains numerous semi-key dates, including 1895, 1896-O and -S, 1901-S, 1903-S, and 1904-S. Some dates are relatively common, but very difficult in higher grades (such as the 1909-D). The series has been gaining popularity in recent years, and is obtainable in most grades with some diligent searching (excluding the 1894-S of course!).

For information on grading Barber Dimes, please see the Grading Barber Dimes page.

A census and rarity rating survey was conducted among BCCS members and the general public for Barber Dimes

Look at the Survey results for Barber Dimes:

Barber Dimes Census study

Barber Dimes Rarity Ratings

The best single reference on this series is The Complete Guide to Barber Dimes by David Lawrence, with detailed information about the series, and date-by-date analysis. This is an indespensible reference for the Barber Dime collector.


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