After 55 years of
production, the Seated
Liberty motif was finally retired in 1891. Considerable debate
led up to the introduction of Barber coinage in 1892. Designed by
Mint Engraver Charles Barber, the same obverse appeared on the Dime,
and Half Dollar.
According to Hallie Daggett, daughter of former
Francisco Mint superintendent John Daggett, her father arranged to have
24 specially struck "S" dimes in 1894, presenting 21 of them to banker
friends. Hallie received the other three 1894-S dimes, spending one of
them for ice cream on her way home from the Mint.
While This Coin Was Minted...
The Ellis Island immigration center opened on January 1, 1892.
More than 12 million people entered the U.S. through Ellis Island from
1892 to 1954. People from around the world left their mother countries
to come to America, in search of a better life. After the boats docked,
immigrants would disembark and walk into the Registry Room where
doctors examined them for medical problems and officers reviewed their
legal documents. The day after Ellis Island welcomed its first
immigrants, the Barber Dime was released into circulation.
The next most valuable Barber Dime is the
1895-O. Disregarding the 1894-S, it is considered THE key date of the
Barber Dime series. The 1895-O doesn't have the stellar performance of
key dates belonging to more popular coins (e.g. Lincoln cents), but any
Barber Dime enthusiast must have it to round out a collection. The
1895-O always has been and always will be tough to find.
The links in the right hand side of the "Sales Box" below will bring up all the 1895-O Barber Dimes, if any, available right now on eBay coin auctions. The left hand side of the box illustrates value trend data over a very long period of time for the 1895-O in G-4 condition. The percent annual increase is computed for comparative purposes. The coin pictured for sale in the right hand side, if any, is not necessarily an example in G-4 condition.