Information about effigy: Liberty, Barber

Liberty, Barber
United States / One Dime 1915 Barber

This portrait of Miss Liberty was developed for the so-called Barber coinage - American dime, quarter, and half dollar designed by United States Bureau of the Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber. These coins were minted between 1892 and 1916, though no half dollars were struck in the final year of the series.

By the late 1880s, there were increasing calls for the replacement of the Seated Liberty design, used since the 1830s on most denominations of silver coins. In 1891, Mint Director Edward O. Leech, having been authorised by Congress to approve coin redesigns, ordered a competition, seeking a new look for the silver coins. As only the winner would receive a cash prize, invited artists refused to participate and no entry from the public proved suitable. Leech instructed Barber to prepare new designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar, and after the chief engraver made changes to secure Leech's endorsement, they were approved by President Benjamin Harrison in November 1891. Striking of the new coins began the following January.

Public and artistic opinion of the new pieces was, and remains, mixed. In 1915, Mint officials began plans to replace them once the design's minimum term expired in 1916. The Mint issued Barber dimes and quarters in 1916 to meet commercial demand, but before the end of the year, the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar had begun production.

Liberty, Barber - Example/s on coins
United States / One Dime 1915 Barber

Liberty Head (Barber) on a 1915 Dime

United States / One Dime 1915 Barber

The "Barber" type of depiction of Miss Liberty was created for the silver denominations issued between 1892 and 1916, including dimes as depicted here.

Liberty, Barber - showing 50 of 50 coins
NameMintageLegend
One Dime 1892 Barber 16,953,655 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1892
Quarter Dollar 1892 Barber 11,661,324 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1892
Quarter Dollar 1893 Barber 10,295,350 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1893
One Dime 1893 Barber 7,591,732 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1893
Quarter Dollar 1894 Barber 8,933,793 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1894
One Dime 1894 Barber 2,050,996 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1894
Quarter Dollar 1895 Barber 9,021,561 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1895
One Dime 1895 Barber 2,250,880 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1895
Quarter Dollar 1896 Barber 5,546,801 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1896
One Dime 1896 Barber 3,186,580 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1896
Quarter Dollar 1897 Barber 10,097,760 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1897
One Dime 1897 Barber 12,878,108 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1897
One Dime 1898 Barber 20,153,242 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1898
Quarter Dollar 1898 Barber 13,989,327 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1898
One Dime 1899 Barber 24,368,339 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1899
Quarter Dollar 1899 Barber 15,976,846 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1899
One Dime 1900 Barber 24,779,182 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1900
Quarter Dollar 1900 Barber 15,291,497 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1900
Quarter Dollar 1901 Barber 10,577,477 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1901
One Dime 1901 Barber 25,073,500 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1901
One Dime 1902 Barber 27,950,777 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1902
Quarter Dollar 1902 Barber 18,470,356 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1902
One Dime 1903 Barber 28,294,055 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1903
Quarter Dollar 1903 Barber 14,296,064 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1903
Quarter Dollar 1904 Barber 12,044,813 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1904
One Dime 1904 Barber 15,401,027 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1904
Quarter Dollar 1905 Barber 8,082,250 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1905
One Dime 1905 Barber 24,807,549 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1905
One Dime 1906 Barber 29,765,046 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1906
Quarter Dollar 1906 Barber 8,992,435 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1906
Quarter Dollar 1907 Barber 15,536,575 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1907
One Dime 1907 Barber 34,537,045 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1907
One Dime 1908 Barber 23,099,545 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1908
Quarter Dollar 1908 Barber 17,048,545 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1908
Quarter Dollar 1909 Barber 16,442,650 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1909
One Dime 1909 Barber 14,481,650 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1909
Quarter Dollar 1910 Barber 3,744,551 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1910
One Dime 1910 Barber 16,250,551 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1910
One Dime 1911 Barber 33,599,543 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1911
Quarter Dollar 1911 Barber 5,642,143 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1911
One Dime 1912 Barber 34,530,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1912
Quarter Dollar 1912 Barber 5,108,700 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1912
Quarter Dollar 1913 Barber 1,975,413 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1913
One Dime 1913 Barber 20,270,622 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1913
One Dime 1914 Barber 31,368,655 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914
Quarter Dollar 1914 Barber 9,554,610 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1914
One Dime 1915 Barber 6,580,450 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1915
Quarter Dollar 1915 Barber 7,878,450 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1915
Quarter Dollar 1916 Barber 8,328,800 ****** IN GOD WE TRUST ******* 1916
One Dime 1916 Barber 35,024,000 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1916
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Year1892
CountryUnited States
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