The US Mint has been producing ten cent pieces since the 1830’s and the production of these coins has carried right on over to today. One of the most popular styles of 10-cent piece coins is the Barber Dime, which was primarily produced during the 19th and 20th centuries. This iconic coin is popular amongst both collectors and investors.
Typically, collectors only want to purchase these coins if they are in excellent condition, and most of them are not. Since these coins were circulated for extended periods of time, most of them incurred a good bit of damage along the way.
When a collector expresses a desire to attain a coin as old as the 1915 Barber Dime, it goes without saying that that person wants to find a coin that is in great shape. This is not always an easy task, and is part of the reason why collectors, before doing anything else, will assess the overall condition of the coin in question.
Under normal circumstances, the process of judging the condition of a coin is known as grading and is something that is completed by a professional coin grading company. Though you may not have the time and money to send your coin away for grading, you can use the specifications below to gain a better idea of the qualities coins of specific grades will have.
Uncirculated: An Uncirculated Barber Dime is one that was placed into a safe spot shortly after it was produced. Because these coins never spent time on the open market exchanging hands, they do not show the signs of wear you will find present on most Barber Dimes. Instead, what you will find is a coin that has been well-preserved so much so that even the mint’s original luster remains intact, giving the coin a nice shine.
Extremely Fine: To be given this grade, the coin in question will have spent only a short period of time being circulated. Not much damage will appear while the coin is viewed with the naked eye, but upon closer inspection you will see that some light scratching has occurred. At the end of the day, however, these coins are in extremely great condition.
Fine: This is the grade given to Barber Dimes that spent a decent amount of time exchanging hands. These coins will show some light scratching and other blemishes, but will not be so damaged that their imagery or inscriptions are difficult to make out.
Good: Good is the grade given to coins that have been circulated more than any other. These coins will show heavy damage that can include anything from scratching to chipping and some occasions even bending. Despite their condition, these coins are a prize for collectors to get their hands on.
When it comes to giving the 1915 Barber Dime a price, this will depend first and foremost on the condition the coin is in. Condition is everything for collectors, so you can expect that this is one of the biggest factors affecting the price you pay for a coin. Secondly, the price of the coin will depend on the type of Dime it is. Because multiple types of Barber Dimes were minted most years, this is something to pay attention to. The chart below will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for a graded Barber Dime given its type.
|1915 Barber Dime||$4||$6||$25||$75|
|1915 Barber Dime (S)||$7||$35||$70||$140||Source: Red Book|