Barber Dime, Coin Type from United States - detailed information

Barber Dime, Coin Type from United States (issued 1892 - 1916)
Coin TypeBarber Dime

The dime, in United States usage, is a ten-cent coin (10¢), one tenth of a United States dollar, labelled formally as "one dime". After the half dime became five cents in 1873, the dime is now the only United States coin in general circulation that is not denominated in terms of dollars or cents.

The denomination exists since the introduction of US currency. It was initially a larger silver coin featuring the draped bust of Liberty (1796 - 1807), then a smaller capped bust of Liberty (1809 - 1837), then with a Seated Liberty obverse (1837 - 1891).

In 1892, this new obverse design was introduced; it is known as Barber coinage (together with the quarter dollar and half dollar which were re-designed at the same time) after U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber who developed it, or Liberty Head after the portrait of Miss Liberty on the obverse which only shows her face, unlike the earlier designs. The Barber Dime was only issued until 1916, when it was replaced by the "Mercury Dime". Its composition, like that of earlier dimes, is 90% silver and 10% copper.

In later years, the composition of the dime was debased to copper-nickel, and silver coinage disappeared from circulation. However, these coins have never been demonetised and are still legal tender. This, of course, is of academic interest only, as their numismatic and bullion value is much higher than their face value.

Obverse
United States / Barber Dime - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the obverse of the coin shows a portrait of Miss Liberty facing right, her hair in a Phrygian cap and wearing a laurel wreath, with the word LIBERTY in tiny letters in a band above her forehead.

The designer's initial B (for [Charles] Barber) is incuse on the next truncation.

Around above, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; below the portrait, the date: [year].

Obverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA [year]
Reverse
United States / Barber Dime - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin has the value and denomination ONE DIME at its centre, surrounded by a "cereal wreath" (wheat and corn).

Coins struck by the Philadelphia Mint have no mint mark. Coins struck by other mints have a mint mark in the form of a small letter below the ribbon tying the wreath.

Reverse Inscription ONE DIME
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Barber Dime - (25) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
One Dime 1892 Barber 16,953,655 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1892
One Dime 1893 Barber 7,591,732 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1893
One Dime 1894 Barber 2,050,996 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1894
One Dime 1895 Barber 2,250,880 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1895
One Dime 1896 Barber 3,186,580 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1896
One Dime 1897 Barber 12,878,108 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1897
One Dime 1898 Barber 20,153,242 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1898
One Dime 1899 Barber 24,368,339 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1899
One Dime 1900 Barber 24,779,182 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1900
One Dime 1901 Barber 25,073,500 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1901
One Dime 1902 Barber 27,950,777 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1902
One Dime 1903 Barber 28,294,055 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1903
One Dime 1904 Barber 15,401,027 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1904
One Dime 1905 Barber 24,807,549 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1905
One Dime 1906 Barber 29,765,046 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1906
One Dime 1907 Barber 34,537,045 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1907
One Dime 1908 Barber 23,099,545 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1908
One Dime 1909 Barber 14,481,650 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1909
One Dime 1910 Barber 16,250,551 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1910
One Dime 1911 Barber 33,599,543 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1911
One Dime 1912 Barber 34,530,000 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1912
One Dime 1913 Barber 20,270,622 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1913
One Dime 1914 Barber 31,368,655 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914
One Dime 1915 Barber 6,580,450 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1915
One Dime 1916 Barber 35,024,000 Liberty, Barber UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1916
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Barber Dime: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Sub-type ofOne Dime
From1892
To1916
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
CurrentNo
Material0.900 Silver
DesignerCharles E. Barber
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size17.900 mm
Mass2.500 g