Generally speaking, collectors go crazy over coins produced by the US Mint throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Barber Dime coin series falls into that exact category, and collectors are constantly eager to get their hands on this dime. Unfortunately, collecting these coins becomes a bit difficult once you realize that there were two, three or sometime four different varieties of the coin minted with most annual releases.
This means that collectors not only need to establish which type of coin they want to acquire, and then the condition they would prefer it to be in. Because these coins are so old and were so popular to use for day-to-day purchases, finding one of them in excellent condition is a bit of a challenge.
Collectors always look at the condition of a coin before they make a purchase because collectors prefer to add only the finest coins to their collection. Being almost a century old, these coins are available in any type of condition ranging from poor to great.
Under normal circumstances, the process of grading a coin is something that is done via sending the coin in the mail to a professional coin grading company. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time and money to send their coin away for grading so you can use the specifications below to determine what characteristics apply to coins of a specific grade.
Uncirculated: 1911 Barber Dimes that are Uncirculated have never been on the open market and were never exchanged. Because of their being kept in safekeeping throughout the entirety of their existence, these coins will be in pristine condition. Even some of the mint’s original luster will have been preserved through the years.
Extremely Fine: In Extremely Fine condition, the coin in questions will show very minimal signs of wear. Because of only a short period of time in circulation, only a small amount of wear is present on the faces of these coins. Though the mint’s original luster will have worn away over the years, the coin itself appears to be in mostly pristine condition.
Fine: Coins of this grade were circulated for a good amount of time, but did not incur much damage through the years. Moderate scratching is present, but the faces of the coin will have retained their images and some of the texture. You will also see that some of the boundaries separating the inscriptions and images from the rest of the coin have worn away due to the exchanging of hands over the years.
Good: This is the grade given to coins that have been subject to heavy circulation over the years. These coins will be complete with a lot of scratching and other signs of wear. The faces of the coin will have also been smoothed over the years simply because the coin will have traded hands hundreds of thousands of times. Much of the imagery will also be a bit difficult to make out.
If you would like to give one of these coins an accurate price, you must not look too much further than the condition of the coin. Naturally, those coins that have been preserved over the years will sell for a higher price than those coins that show a lot of wear. By referring to the chart below you can gain a better idea as to what you might pay for a 1911 Barber Dime given its grade.
|1911 Barber Dime||$4||$6||$25||$75|
|1911 Barber Dime (D)||$4||$6||$25||$75|
|1911 Barber Dime (S)||$4||$10||$40||$100||Source: Red Book|