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1899S United States Silver Barber Dime 10 Cents

Obverse
Reverse

Item Notes

General

Type: United States Silver Barber Dime 10 Cents 
Origin: United States  Cat. Num.: KM# 113 
Era / Ruler: United States 
Years: 1892-1916  Face value: 10 Cents 
Desgr. / Engr.: Charles E. Barber 
Obverse: Liberty head right wearing a phrygian cap, a laurel wreath with a ribbon, and a headband with the inscription  
Reverse: Wreath surrounding denomination 
Edge: Reeded 

Issue

Year:
1899S
Mint: San Francisco 
Mintage: 1,867,493 
Scarcity:
Valuation:
 
Notes:  
Grades & Prices Available 
 
(G+) Sold
(VF) Sold

Specifications

Alignment:
Coin 
 
Composition: Silver 
Fineness: 0.9000 
Weight(g): 2.5000g 
Weight(Oz): 0.08 Oz 
Net Content: 0.07 Oz (2.25g) 
Bullion Value: $1.30 
Diameter: 17.90mm 
Thickness:  

Description

The Barber dime is named for its designer, Charles E. Barber, who was Chief Engraver of the US Mint from 1879 to 1917. The design was shared with the quarter and half-dollar of the same period. Extensive internal politics surrounded the awarding of the design job, which had initially been opened to the public. A four-member committee (which included Barber), appointed by then-Mint Director James Kimball, accorded only two of more than 300 submissions an honorable mention. Kimball's successor, Edward O. Leech, decided to dispense with the committees and public design competitions and simply instructed Barber to develop a new design. It has been speculated that this is what Barber had wanted all along.

The Barber dime, as with all previous dimes, featured an image of Liberty on the obverse. She is wearing a Phrygian cap, a laurel wreath with a ribbon, and a headband with the inscription "LIBERTY". This inscription is one of the key elements used in determining the condition of Barber dimes. Liberty's portrait was inspired by two sources?French coins and medals of the period, as well as ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. The obverse also contains the long-used 13 stars (for the 13 colonies) design element. The reverse contained a wreath and inscription almost identical to the one used on the final design of the Seated Liberty dime.

Value Range 

Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1899S 1,867,493 $9.00 $27 $35 $48 $100 $325 $4700

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