The Barber Dime, and for that fact all Barber coinage, was deigned by Charles E. Barber the Chief Engraver of the US Mint from 1879 up until 1917.
Did you know?
The Barber design was the result of a coin competition that was widely regarded as a failure. Although cash prizes were offered, the contest received only a limited number of submissions, mainly due to the tight deadline of just a few months. Many artists believed that this short time frame was not enough to develop a high-quality design. Consequently, the mint opted to use a design created by Charles Barber instead. And now you know.
Are Barber Dimes Popular
They are popular for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost the historical significance as it was in circulation during both the Spanish American War, and World War I. Although not in production it was still in circulation during World War II.
Are Barber Dimes Silver?
These coins are 90% Silver, and 10% copper with a total weight of 2.5 grams, but if your just wanting the weight of the silver that's 2.25 grams as 2.5 x .90 = 2.25. This works out to 0.07234 troy ounces each dime.
How much is a 1903 O Barber Dime worth?
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $4.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $250 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1903, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
What are your coins really worth?
Use the handy-dandy calculator below to find the real value of any barber dime in your collection.
The most valuable Barber Dime's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.
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Are 1903 O Barber Dimes Silver?
Yes! Barber Dime's produced in 1903 are 90% silver to be precise, and contain .0723 troy oz or 2.248 grams in total of .999 pure silver. Silver weight is measured in troy ounces. Troy ounces weigh about 2 grams more than the standard ounce. CoinTrackers has built a tool that will let you know if your coin is silver or not. The tool is called Is My Coin Silver?.
Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:
This coin in poor condition is still worth $2.34 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $1.66, this coin is thus more valuable to a collector than to a silver bug. Coins worth more to a collectors may be a better long term investment. If the metal prices drop you will still have a coin that a numismatic would want to buy.
Current silver melt value* for a 1911 S Barber Dime is $1.66 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $22.90 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.
***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.
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