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US Barber Dime Very Good Condition 1897-O

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    With only 666,000 minted in 1897, the New Orleans Mint aided in some of the lowest minted Barber dimes in the series. The 1897-O is in very good condition, exhibiting strong abrasions on both sides of the coin and is lacking in intricate detail, such as Liberty's headpiece or the eagle's feathers. The Old Mint mainly depended on the success of the Morgan's production so much that when the Morgan's production stopped, the Old Mint was decommissioned shortly after. But the Old Mint participated in other coin collections, such as the Barber series, that is sometimes forgotten in the coin industry. The New Orleans Mint's building as been used as a fallout shelter, an assay office, and a storage facility for the US Coast Guard. It is now considered a national landmark, representing the history of coins. The Old Mint marked all of its coins with an "O" mint-mark and was considered a coin leader in its hay day.

    In just the short ten years as Chief Engraver, Barber was responsible for a history-breaking coin design. Becoming a familiar name to coin collectors, William Barber served as the Chief Engraver, to the US Mint, from 1869-1879. 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 changes depending on which Barber coin but for the dime, the reverse simply displays the coin's monetary value.

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    • Year: 1897
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