The Liberty Head Dime is also referred to as the Barber Dime. It is a US dime piece that was produced from 1892 to 1916.
It gets its nickname from its designer, Charles E. Barber who was the chief engraver of the United States Mint from 1879 to 1917.
A quarter dollar and half dollar also have the same Barber design.
This dime piece design depicts Liberty's head. She is wearing a cap that is held in place by a laurel wreath and a ribbon inscribed with the word LIBERTY.
Around Liberty's head we see UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and below her head is the date.
The reverse of the dime piece has the words ONE DIME surrounded by a wreath which is almost identical to the reverse of the Seated Liberty Dime that was produced just before it.
The Barber Dime series only has one really rare coin. It is the 1894-S.
Only 24 of these US dime pieces were made, and only 9 are known to exist today.
As you can imagine, these are extremely valuable coins and out of reach of most collectors, unless you happen to be a millionaire.
One of these coins was sold at auction in July 2007 for $1.9 million.
|Type||Barber Dime or Liberty Head Dime|
|Designer||Charles E. Barber|
90% silver, 10% copper
(net weight: .07234 oz. pure silver)
Philadelphia - no mint mark
Denver - D
New Orleans - O
San Francisco - S
|Mintage||Philadelphia||Denver||New Orleans||San Francisco|
|1892||12,120,000||D - 0||O - 3,841,700||S - 990,710|
|1893||3,339,940||D - 0||O - 1,760,000||S - 2,491,401|
|1894||1,330,000||D - 0||O - 720,000||S - 24|
|1895||690,000||D - 0||O - 440,000||S - 1,120,000|
|1896||2,000,000||D - 0||O - 610,000||S - 575,056|
|1897||10,868,533||D - 0||O - 666,000||S - 1,342,844|
|1898||16,320,000||D - 0||O - 2,130,000||S - 1,702,507|
|1899||19,590,000||D - 0||O - 2,650,000||S - 1,867,493|
|1900||17,600,000||D - 0||O - 2,010,000||S - 5,168,270|
|1901||18,859,665||D - 0||O - 5,620,000||S - 593,022|
|1902||21,380,000||D - 0||O - 4,500,000||S - 2,070,000|
|1903||19,500,000||D - 0||O - 8,180,000||S - 613,300|
|1904||14,600,357||D - 0||O - 0||S - 800,000|
|1905||14,551,623||D - 0||O - 3,400,000||S - 6,855,199|
|1906||19,957,731||D - 4,060,000||O - 2,610,000||S - 3,136,640|
|1907||22,220,000||D - 4,080,000||O - 5,058,000||S - 3,178,470|
|1908||10,600,000||D - 7,490,000||O - 1,789,000||S - 3,220,000|
|1909||10,240,000||D - 954,000||O - 2,287,000||S - 1,000,000|
|1910||11,520,000||D - 3,490,000||O - 0||S - 1,240,000|
|1911||18,870,000||D - 11,209,000||O - 0||S - 3,520,000|
|1912||19,349,300||D - 11,760,000||O - 0||S - 3,420,000|
|1913||19,760,000||D - 0||O - 0||S - 510,000|
|1914||17,360,230||D - 11,908,000||O - 0||S - 2,100,000|
|1915||5,620,000||D - 0||O - 0||S - 960,000|
|1916||18,490,000||D - 0||O - 0||S - 5,820,000|
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