Barber Dime Values and Prices

How Much Is My Barber Dime Worth?

1895-O U.S. Barber Dime Graded MS-63
1895-O U.S. Barber Dime Graded MS-63. Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries,

This guide is will give you an idea of how much your Barber Dimes minted from 1892 to 1916 are worth.  The table below provides average coin prices and values based upon the condition of the coin.

History of the Barber Dime

The Barber dime was designed by Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of The United States Mint. He also designed the quarter and half-dollar coins that bear a similar image of Lady Liberty on the obverse.

His initial  "B" is found at the truncation of the neck. This design was used from 1892 until it was replaced with the Winged Liberty Head (a.k.a. "Mercury") dime in 1916.

The most famous of all Barber dimes is the 1894-S. Only 24 were minted as Proof coins as reported on June 30, 1894. These were special striking made by Mint Superintendent J. Daggett for a select group of bankers. Currently, only 12 specimens are known to exist. Whenever they come to auction they sell for more than $1 million apiece!

Market Analysis

Barber dimes are moderately collected by coin collectors. A date set of circulated coins can be assembled by a novice collector. A date and mint set will require an expanded budget and slightly more experience. If you are looking to sell your Barber dimes, don't walk into a coin shop with a bag of Barber dimes and expect the coin dealer dig through them to pull out the nice ones.

  If you want top dollar for your Barber Dime, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

The following Barber Dime in any condition, are worth considerable more than common Barber Dime.  As such, these coins are frequently counterfeit or altered from common Barber Dime.

  Therefore, before you start celebrating your early retirement with your new found fortune, have the coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

  • 1894-S  (Very rare, only 24 coins were minted)
  • 1895-O

Condition or Grade Examples

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin.

  • Photo of a Circulated Barber Dime

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

  • Photo of an Uncirculated Barber Dime

Mint Marks

Barber Dimes were produced at four different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), New Orleans (O), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the picture below, the mint mark is located on the reverse of the coin, near the bottom just below the the bow in the wreath.

  • Photo of the Barber Dime Mint Mark Location

Barber Dimes Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Barber Dime.

  The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1892$9.30$5.40 $180.00$130.00
1892-O$18.00$11.00 $250.00$180.00
1892-S$130.00$80.00 $650.00$470.00
1893 3/2$130.00$80.00 $1,400.00$900.00
1893$12.40$7.30 $220.00$150.00
1893-O$68.00$39.00 $480.00$330.00
1893-S$24.00$14.00 $540.00$380.00
1894$64.00$37.00 $400.00$280.00
1894-O$120.00$80.00 $2,100.00$1,400.00
1894-S *$83,000.00$47,000.00 $550,000.00$450,000.00
1895$210.00$120.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1895-O *$590.00$360.00 $6,900.00$4,600.00
1895-S$74.00$45.00 $800.00$600.00
1896$29.00$17.00 $330.00$240.00
1896-O$180.00$110.00 $1,900.00$1,400.00
1896-S$160.00$90.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1897$5.40$3.30 $170.00$110.00
1897-O$160.00$100.00 $1,200.00$800.00
1897-S$44.00$27.00 $720.00$480.00
1898$5.60$3.50 $170.00$120.00
1898-O$39.00$23.00 $900.00$600.00
1898-S$16.00$9.00 $800.00$600.00
1899$5.20$3.00 $160.00$110.00
1899-O$31.00$19.00 $770.00$540.00
1899-S$15.00$9.00 $490.00$330.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1900$5.30$3.20 $160.00$110.00
1900-O$53.00$31.00 $1,000.00$600.00
1900-S$8.60$5.00 $300.00$200.00
1901$5.20$3.30 $170.00$120.00
1901-O$11.30$6.50 $640.00$430.00
1901-S$190.00$120.00 $1,400.00$1,000.00
1902$4.60$2.70 $160.00$110.00
1902-O$9.80$5.80 $700.00$510.00
1902-S$31.00$18.00 $700.00$470.00
1903$4.40$2.60 $160.00$110.00
1903-O$9.30$5.50 $360.00$270.00
1903-S$170.00$100.00 $1,300.00$900.00
1904$4.40$2.70 $160.00$110.00
1904-S$100.00$60.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1905$4.50$2.80 $160.00$110.00
1905-O$19.00$12.00 $330.00$230.00
1905-S$6.70$4.00 $280.00$190.00
1906$4.50$2.80 $160.00$100.00
1906-D$7.00$4.00 $280.00$200.00
1906-O$23.00$14.00 $280.00$200.00
1906-S$8.90$5.50 $370.00$250.00
1907$4.50$2.70 $170.00$120.00
1907-D$6.00$3.50 $500.00$340.00
1907-O$16.00$10.00 $230.00$160.00
1907-S$8.60$5.00 $570.00$410.00
1908$4.70$2.70 $160.00$120.00
1908-D$5.30$3.00 $200.00$140.00
1908-O$22.00$13.00 $480.00$350.00
1908-S$7.30$4.50 $490.00$360.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1909$4.30$2.50 $160.00$120.00
1909-D$30.00$19.00 $710.00$480.00
1909-O$7.80$4.90 $520.00$350.00
1909-S$38.00$23.00 $750.00$500.00
1910$4.60$2.70 $160.00$120.00
1910-D$6.50$4.00 $330.00$230.00
1910-S$22.00$13.00 $580.00$390.00
1911$4.50$2.60 $170.00$110.00
1911-D$4.30$2.50 $170.00$120.00
1911-S$5.40$3.40 $310.00$220.00
1912$4.30$2.50 $170.00$120.00
1912-D$4.40$2.60 $170.00$120.00
1912-S$5.10$3.00 $230.00$160.00
1913$4.30$2.70 $170.00$120.00
1913-S$55.00$31.00 $670.00$440.00
1914$4.50$2.70 $170.00$120.00
1914-D$4.50$2.80 $160.00$120.00
1914-S$6.10$3.60 $230.00$160.00
1915$4.60$2.80 $160.00$120.00
1915-S$16.00$9.00 $370.00$260.00
1916$4.50$2.60 $160.00$110.00
1916-S$4.50$2.80 $170.00$120.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
Date-Mint Set

Total Coins: 75
$90,000.00$60,000.00 $600,000.00$500,000.00
Date-Mint Set Without 1894-S
Total Coins: 74
$3,000.00$1,900.00 $43,000.00$30,000.00
Date Set
Total Coins: 25
$290.00$180.00 $5,400.00$3,700.00

* =  See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

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