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Barber Dimes

Barber Dimes were minted from 1892 - 1916 and was designed by the chief engraver of the United States Mint, Charles E. Barber. These coins are 90% silver and 10% copper and have a reeded edge. The silver content of these coins is .07234 troy ounces, making these Barber Dimes very popular with silver coin collectors. These coins were minted at the Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco and Philadelphia mints.
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Grading Barber Dimes

G4 Good - Date and letters plain. LIBERTY is obliterated. VG7 Very Good - At least three letters visible in LIBERTY. F12 Fine - All letters in LIBERTY visible, though some are weak. VF20 Very Fine - All letters of LIBERTY plainly even EF40 Extra Fine - All letters in LIBERTY are sharp, distinct. Headband edges are distinct. AU50 Almost Uncirculated - Slight traces of wear on the hair, cheekbone and leaf tips in wreath.


A Short History of the Silver Barber Dime

Barber Dimes, also known as Liberty Head dimes, were named and designed by Charles E. Barber, the Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1879 to 1917. These silver Barber Dimes were produced from 1892 to 1916 and replaced the earlier Seated Liberty Dime. Many people looking for information on where to find a Liberty Head Dime are drawn in to the fact that Barber Dimes contain 90% silver. Due to the rise in market price for silver, there has been an increase in the intrinsic worth or melt value of this coin as well as others containing high percentages of silver. The highly desired Barber Dime features an image of Liberty on the obverse side wearing a Phrygian cap, a laurel wreath with a ribbon, and a headband with the inscription "LIBERTY", which is a key element in determining the condition of silver Barber Dimes.