One Dime 1916 Barber, Coin from United States - detailed information

One Dime 1916 Barber, Coin from United States
CoinOne Dime 1916 Barber

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 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".

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.

These are the last Barber Dimes produced. Later the same year, the design was supplanted by the Mercury Dime.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Philadelphia Mint No mint mark 18,490,000 (18.5 million)
San Francisco Mint Letter S 5,820,000 (5.8 million)
Obverse

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: 1916.

Obverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1916
Reverse
United States / One Dime 1916 Barber - 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 the San Francisco Mint have a mint mark in the form of a small letter S below the ribbon tying the wreath.

Reverse Inscription ONE DIME
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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One Dime 1916 Barber: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Coin TypeBarber Dime
Issued1916
SymbolLiberty, Barber
Face Value10 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage24,310,000 (24.3 million)
Total Mintage24,310,000 (24.3 million)
CurrentNo
Material0.900 Silver
DesignerCharles Barber
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size17.900 mm
Mass2.500 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-YYVA-OJZN
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One Dime 1916 Barber: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsUnited States KM# 113
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchön# 120