Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Introduced in 1892 as a replacement for the longstanding Liberty seated design, the Barber dime was produced continuously until 1916. Barber dimes were made at Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans and San Francisco. Charles A. Barber designed the coin. His tiny initial “B” appears on the obverse, on the truncation of Liberty’s neck.
Mintmarks, when present, are found on the reverse, below the wreath. There are a few slightly scarce coins within the series, but all dates & mintmarks are generally obtainable (especially in well-worn condition), with one notable exception: the legendary 1894-S. While 24 of these dimes were minted in San Francisco in 1894, only 9 of them are accounted for today. The 1894-S is an enigmatic coin, and the exact reason for minting only 24 of them that year remains a mystery. The coin maintains an allure as one of the most famous and valuable rarities in all of U.S. numismatics.
Well-worn Barber dimes are generally common. As with all of the Barber types, these dimes were workhorse coins. Many stayed in circulation until the 1960s. Finding nice collectible examples can be a challenge.