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US Barber Dime Very Fine Condition 1905-O

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    A familiar name to coin collectors, William Barber served as the Chief Engraver, to the US Mint, from 1869-1879. In just the short ten years as Chief Engraver, Barber was responsible for a history-breaking coin design. Being one of the only designs to grace all current denominations, the Barber design was inspired by the Grecian goddess, Liberty, who has been admired and loved by warriors since the beginning of time. Liberty wears an Acanthus leaf cap as a crown, which was very common in ancient Greece, and the "United States of America," and the coin's mint date are also simply stamped on the obverse. The reverse only contains the coin's monetary value on the Barber dimes, since the size of the dime is too small to contain anything extravagant.

    Considered to have a very low mintage, of only 3.4 million to be exact, the 1905-O Barber Dime was minted by the New Orleans Mint and is in very fine condition. Very fine condition still exhibits the sharp details of the designs but the edges are pretty worn. The Old Mint, served as a branch of the US Mint from 1838-1861, then again from 1879-1909; serving alongside three other mints in order to produce the Morgan silver dollar. Since the bulk of the New Orleans Mint's production was the Morgan silver dollar, they literally didn't make enough money to stay afloat after the Morgan ceased production. Nowadays, the Old Mint is considered an official historical landmark and is presently the oldest structure in the US. Since its minting days, the New Orleans Mint has been used as an assay office, a fallout shelter, and a storage facility for the US Coast Guard. The Old Mint also participated in other important coin series, such as the Barber coinage, wherein it is one of the only coin collections that has the same design on all denominations.

  • Details:
    • Denomination: N/A
    • Year: 1905
    • Diameter: N/A
    • Mint Mark: O
    • Thickness: N/A
    • Grade: Ungraded

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