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Barber Dimes (1892-1916)

With just a few exceptions, coins of this type were made in fairly large numbers for their time, and collecting this series by date is a realistic goal, at least for those seeking circulated pieces. Augustus Heaton’s 1893 monograph extolling the virtues of collecting the branch mint pieces gave rise to a limited market for these coins, and a few dozen numismatists purchased these coins directly from the respective mints at the time of issue. For most collectors of that time, however, a single Philadelphia Mint proof of each date was sufficient. Thus, mint state examples of the early dates, particularly the New Orleans and San Francisco Mint issues, are scarce. Barber Dimes were the oldest coins of this denomination still circulating in the 1930s when the first inexpensive boards and folders for collecting by date and mint appeared on the market. Countless, well-worn pieces were thus saved for posterity, and the collecting of this series in its entirety has enjoyed moderate popularity ever since. There exists some interest in seeking out varieties for this series, though there are few that bring much of a premium. One notable exception is the 1905-O with Micro O mintmark. The prominent varieties are included in VarietyPlus and attributed by NGC. Notables include the 1892-O with doubled date and the 1893-S with dramatically repunched mintmark. Additional varieties are found within the books by David Lawrence and Walter Breen, but there’s only modest collector interest in them at this time.

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusFivaz-Stanton (OLD)FlynnLawrence
10CMS1892/892 $15FS-301 FS-008.3  
10CMS1892/892/2 $15FS-302 FS-008.4 L-102
10CMS1892/1892 O$15FS-301 FS-008.5 L-101
10CMS1893 S/S$15FS-501VP-001FS-009 L-101
10CMS1895/95 S$15FS-301 FS-009.2 L-101
10CMS1896/896 $15FS-301 FS-009.3  
10CMS1897/1897 $15FS-301VP-001FS-009.5 L-101
10CMS1897/897 $15FS-302 FS-009.51  
10CMS1897 8/8 $15FS-303    
10CMS1898/1-98 $15VP-001  RPD-004 
10CMS1899/9 O$15FS-301 FS-009.83  
10CMS1899 O/O$15FS-501 FS-009.8 L-103
10CMS1901 O/HORIZ O$15FS-501VP-001FS-010 L-103
10CMS1903 1/1 $15FS-301 FS-010.025  
10CMS1903/3 O$15FS-301    
10CMS1903/1903 O$15VP-001  Not ListedNot Listed
10CMS1905 O MICRO O$15    L-101
10CMS1906/906 D MPD$15FS-303 FS-010.089  
10CMS1906/1906 O MPD$15FS-301    
10CMS1907 19/19 $15FS-301   L-103
10CMS1907 O/O$15FS-501VP-001   
10CMS1908/908 $15FS-301   L-101
10CMS1908/1908 $15FS-303    
10CMS1908 90/90 D$15FS-301 FS-010.220  
10CMS1908/08 D$15FS-302 FS-010.210  
10CMS1908 90/08 D$15FS-303VP-001FS-010.2 L-104
10CMS1908/8 D$15FS-305 FS-010.230 L-101
10CMS1908 D MPD$15VP-002  F-001 
10CMS1912 D/D$15VP-001   L-101
10CMS1914 D/D$15VP-001   L-101
10CMS1915 S/S$15VP-001   L-101
10CMS1916 BARBER-     
10CMS1916 S BARBER-     

* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Ambio, Jeff. Collecting & Investing Strategies for Barber Dimes. Zyrus Press, Irvine, CA, 2009
Breen, Walter. Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins. Doubleday/FCI Press, New York, 1988
Feigenbaum, David & John. The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage. DLRC Press, Virginia Beach, VA, 1999
Flynn, Kevin. The Authoritative Reference on Barber Dimes. Brooklyn Gallery Coins and Stamps, Brooklyn, NY, 2004
Flynn, Kevin. The 1894-S Dime: A Mystery Unraveled. author, Rancocas, NJ, 2005
Lange, David W. History of the United States Mint & Its Coinage. Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, 2005
Lawrence, David. The Complete Guide to Barber Dimes. DLRC Press, Virginia Beach, VA, 1991
Taxay, Don. The U.S. Mint and Coinage. Arco Publishing, New York, 1966
Yeoman, R.S., Kenneth Bressett (editor). A Guide Book of United States Coins, 62nd Edition. Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, 2008