The Barber Dime, is a somewhat difficult find for most collectors. These coins were produced so long ago and used so frequently that very few have been able to make it through the years. Even in poor condition, collectors want to get their hands on these coins in order to help complete their collections.
While even 1905 barber Dime in poor condition sells quickly, those that are in exceptional condition sell even faster and for more money too. With that said, finding a well-preserved piece is a challenge most collectors do not overcome—at least not cheaply.
When it comes to collectors and coins as old as the 1905 Barber Dime, the condition of the coin is everything. Before ever purchasing a piece this old, you will see collectors closely inspect the condition of the coin so that they can identify any and all imperfections.
Under normal circumstances, the process of judging and assessing the condition of a coin as old as the 1905 Barber Dime is something that is best left to professional grading services. With that said, we know that not everyone can afford or has time to get their coins graded. Knowing this, we have provided some grading specifications below to familiarize you with the characteristics of a graded Barber Dime.
Uncirculated: A coin that is graded as being Uncirculated is one that never saw time on an open exchange market. These pieces were instead taken right off the production line and kept in a safe place over the years. This high grade is indicative of coins that have retained all of their texture and imagery, and even some of their original shine.
Extremely Fine: Graded to be Extremely Fine, Barber Dimes in this condition are ones that have only been circulated for a short period of time. These coins will have retained most of their texture and imagery and will only show light signs of wear. For collectors, these coins are a great addition.
Fine: Coins that receive this grade will have been exchanging hands for a good bit of time and will have incurred some damage during that time. You will find that the heaviest damage is typically found in the form of the smoothing of the images and inscriptions. Most often, the most significant smoothing can be found near the pillar and around the wings of Lady Liberty’s headpiece.
Good: Good is the grade given to coins that were circulated for decade upon decade. These coins will have incurred any number of different types of damage, including scratching, chipping, and even bending. The imagery and inscriptions will be difficult to make out and the coin will appear very worn.
When it comes to giving the Barber Dime a price, there are two things you must consider. First, you must consider the type of coin it is. Because most years saw multiple types of Barber Dimes produced, the type of coin matters a lot. Beyond this, it is all about condition. As was made clear above, collectors are willing to pay a lot more for coins that have been well-preserved. The chart below will give you a good idea as to what the price of a graded 1905 Barber Dime will be if you are given the type.
|1905 Barber Dime||$4||$6||$25||$75|
|1905 Barber Dime (O)||$5||$35||$100||$150|
|1905 Barber Dime (S)||$4||$9||$40||$95||Source: Red Book|