– Barber Dime (1892 - 1916)

The Barber Dime, minted from 1892 to 1916, is an iconic and beloved coin in American numismatic history.  

Designed by Charles E. Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, the Barber Dime features a classic and dignified design that reflects the artistic and cultural sensibilities of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The obverse of the Barber Dime features a left-facing bust of Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, symbolizing freedom and liberty. The word "LIBERTY" is inscribed on a band across the cap, and the date of mintage is located below the bust.

On the reverse of the coin is a simple yet elegant design consisting of a wreath of laurel leaves tied with a bow at the bottom.  

Above the wreath is the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and below is the denomination "ONE DIME." The design is surrounded by a circle of stars representing the states of the Union. 

The Barber Dime was minted using a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, giving it a distinctive appearance and value. 

It was used in everyday transactions across the nation and played a vital role in the economy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Collecting Strategies: Collectors may pursue various strategies when acquiring the 1916 Mercury Dime. Some aim to assemble a complete set of Mercury Dimes, including all mint marks and major varieties.  

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