Barber Dimes - A public competition for the design of the new dime was held, with more than 300 drawings submitted. Only two were deemed worthy by the judging committee, but in the end Edward Leech, successor to Mint Director James Kimball, disregarded the committee and directed Chief Engraver Charles Barber to draw a new design. The 1892 Barber Dime was the first year of issue.
Barber Dimes Key Dates
The Barber Dimes have multiple editions that are key dates within the series. These are one of the most historically significant dimes in the world. Key dates in the series include:
1894-S Barber Dime
1892-S Barber Dime
1895-O Barber Dime
1901-S Barber Dime
1903-S Barber Dime
These key dates can be difficult to obtain, but they are an interesting and valuable find. These key dates have tremendous historical significance and any collector would be happy to own any of these coins. Each coin tells a story that is historically unique. Any history lover and collector can enjoy these key date Barber Dimes. Outside of these key date Barber Dimes, there are several editions that have tremendous value you can own at competitive prices.
United States Mint
Charles Barber was the Chief Engraver at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. While his coinage design is considered relatively plain and unimaginative, it's portrait graced most of our dimes, quarters, and half dollars minted between 1892 and 1916. Perhaps the most well known of these Barber Dimes is the 1894-S, of which only 24 are known. An interesting vignette of that coin is the tale that a young girl actually spent one of those specimens around 1910 for an ice cream cone.