Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 675
Catalog: KM-113
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.25 (10/26/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1906 10C PF obverse 1906 10C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Denver Mint, the producer of more than half of our country's circulating coinage today, traces its lineage back to the private mint of Clark, Gruber & Co. The most respected and successful of the territorial mints that served the Colorado Gold Rush, this firm produced quarter eagles, half eagles, eagles, and double eagles in both 1860 and 1861. Despite their efforts, however, Clark, Gruber & Co. were unable to keep pace with the burgeoning population of Colorado. On the eve of the Civil War, the Colorado Territory boasted a population of twenty-five to thirty thousand inhabitants, with hundreds more arriving each day. As many of these people were miners, the existing supply of private coinage was woefully inadequate to prevent them from resorting to gold dust as a medium of exchange. Armed with these facts, the Colorado Territorial Convention of the Republican Party met on July 2, 1861 and drafted a resolution calling for a federal mint in Denver to supercede the activities of the local establishments. Amazingly, Clark, Gruber & Co. willingly admitted their shortcomings, supported the resolution, and even offered to sell their property to the federal government for the new mint. Despite rival claims for federal coinage facilities from Nevada (as benefactor of the Comstock Lode) and New York (as financial capital of the country), as well as the enormous wartime deficit, Congress passed the bill that established a branch mint in Denver, Colorado on April 21, 1862. After a year of the usual red tape and political jargon, on April 16, 1863, Uncle Sam purchased the Clark, Gruber & Co. building for the lofty sum of $25,000. After more than five months of extensive remodeling, the new mint was apparently ready to begin operations. For unknown reasons, however, Congress changed its mind at the last minute and opened the Denver facility merely as an assay office on September 24. It languished in this inglorious, although necessary role until early 1906, when Congress finally approved its operations as a full-fledged branch mint.

To commemorate this long-awaited event, the Denver Mint produced a limited number of specimen, or proof strikings in 1906. An unknown number of proof 1906-D Liberty eagles, along with 12 proof 1906-D Liberty double eagles, were delivered for presentation purposes. For years, numismatists believed that these were the only two denominations to receive such attention from the Denver Mint in 1906. In 1976, however, Walter Breen examined a 1906-D Barber dime at the NCNA Convention in San Francisco's Jack Tar Hotel. He concluded that the coin was indeed a specimen striking due to the following characteristics: the dies are in their earliest state and have been brilliantly polished, and the coin was given at least two impressions from the dies as every device is as boldly defined as similarly dated proofs from the Philadelphia Mint. In 1989, this coin was certified Specimen MS 64 by NGC, an event that was announced in the July 12, 1989 edition of Coin World.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1906 10C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 300 395 450 625 950 1625 2250 4350 11500 - -
$ - - - - - 320 425 490 675 1015 1840 2450 5500 -
1906 10C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1000 1850 2650 6900 17500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1100 2100 3100 - -
1906 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 184
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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9/6/2004 PCGS PF 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 656 $299.00
1/25/2006 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 2150, 2150/Lot# 1277 $1,120.00
2/13/2006 NGC PF 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 74, 79/Lot# 518 $356.50
9/23/2007 PCGS PF 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1277 $402.50
7/11/2013 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4853 $1,292.50
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1778 $3,525.00
1/5/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 162127 $806.08


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1906 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333332053204665516246958201103194923023103507178393
3333333702433684945756477369141385206625693759599378390
0000003702433684945756477369141385206625693759599300
000000313728141752259967177810081667218428364415691600
1906 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333329544562973582691310661408240928213747599090993
333333310034550666476585596411801741254631294494702690990
000000310034550666476585596411801741254631294494702600
0000003197395567699795884101512942075268334385242806200
1906 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333725517688919961095127116582781323842616713100803
333333312643162380992610291153140020322933357950787835100800
00000031264316238099261029115314002032293335795078783500
00000032494916958509611062121215292406308539205895895700
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 3759
Owner: Simpson
 
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