1916 Dime

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The Barber Dime is a classic American coin — part of a collection of dimes, quarters, and half dollars designed by Charles Barber, U.S. Mint Chief Engraver from 1879 to 1917. The Barber Dime replaced the Seated Liberty Dime in 1892 and was followed by the Mercury Dime in 1916. 1916 Barber Dime VF20 - Silver 10 Cent Coin - Very Fine Condition VF20 - United States Mint - Item:CC20011 ExoticCrystals. From shop ExoticCrystals.


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The 1916-D Mercury Dime is one of the most counterfeited/altered coins on the market. I heard something from a coin dealer, not long ago, regarding the big silver rise of 1979-80. They stated that other melters (themselves included) estimated over 750,000 'full' sets of Mercury Dimes were bought in to be melted. $1.9502 is the rounded silver value for the 1892-1916 silver dime on February 05, 2021. This is usually the value used by coin dealers when selling these coins at melt value. However, the total melt value is continued below. Calculate 10% copper value: (3.5909 ×.2 × 2.5 ×.10) = $0.0019790 3. Add the two together.

The Barber Dime is a classic American coin — part of a collection of dimes, quarters, and half dollars designed by Charles Barber, U.S. Mint Chief Engraver from 1879 to 1917. The Barber Dime replaced the Seated Liberty Dime in 1892 and was followed by the Mercury Dime in 1916.

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Originally, the new coinage design was supposed to be chosen from a contest ordered by Director of U.S. Mint, Edward Leech. However, many artists chose not to participate in the contest since only the winner would be paid for their work. Of more than 300 entries submitted by the public, Leech decided that none were suitable and abandoned the contest. Leech turned to his chief engraver, Charles Barber, to create a new design. At the time, Barber’s design was considered unremarkable, receiving mixed reviews from artists and the general public. Nevertheless, President Benjamin Harrison approved the design in November 1891, and Barber Dimes were struck the next year.

Also known as the Liberty Head Dime, the Barber Dime shares a nearly identical design to the Barber Quarter and Barber Half Dollar. The obverse features Lady Liberty, facing right and wearing a cap with a laurel wreath. On the wreath is a headband inscribed “LIBERTY.”The minting date is inscribed at the bottom, underneath Lady Liberty’s neck. “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” is also inscribed on the obverse, wrapping along the rim.

The Barber Dime reverse features a laurel wreath encircling “ONE DIME” inscribed in the center. At the bottom of the wreath is a bow. The inscription “IN GOD WE TRUST” was omitted from the dime’s design, although it is featured on the Barber Quarter and . For dimes minted outside of Philadelphia, the mint mark can be found below the wreath’s bow.

Barber Dimes were minted in four different cities — Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Philadelphia Barber Dimes have no mint mark. For the rest of the cities, “D” represented the Denver Mint, “S” represented the San Francisco Mint, and “O” represented the New Orleans Mint. There are seventy-four different date and mint mark combinations with over 500 million Barber Dimes produced. The rarest and most valuable is the 1894-S dime, with only twenty-four struck and nine known to be in existence today. Other key dates include 1892-S, 1895-O, 1901-S, and 1903-S.


Weight: 2.5 grams

Composition: 90% Silver (0.07234 troy oz), 10% Copper

1916 Dime Value Guide

Diameter: 17.91 mm

Edge: Reeded

Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, New Orleans

ErrorCirculating Coins
  • Year of Issue: 1796 to Present
  • Authorizing Legislation: Coinage Act of 1792


The “Roosevelt” theme is the current design of the U.S. 10-cent coin. The U.S. Mint first issued this design in 1946, soon after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Mint released it on January 30 of that year to honor his birthday. The obverse (heads) shows Roosevelt’s profile. The torch, olive branch, and oak branch on the reverse (tails) represent liberty, peace, and strength.

The dime was a logical choice for honoring Roosevelt because he supported the March of Dimes, a program that raised funds for research to find a cure for polio. He contracted polio when he was 39 years old.

The Mint made the first dimes in 1796. They were small silver coins. The designs from 1796 to 1837 showed Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse. In 1837, a wreath design replaced the eagle. Liberty, in various forms, stayed on the dime until 1946.

From 1916 to 1945, the Mint produced the “Mercury” dime designed by Adolph A. Weinman. The obverse showed a profile of Liberty wearing a cap with wings to represent freedom of thought. The design got its name because it reminded people of the Roman god, Mercury. A fasces – a bundle of rods tied around an axe – and an olive branch appeared on the reverse. The two symbols represented America’s military readiness and the desire for peace. The Mercury dime is considered one of the most beautiful coins in our country’s history.

In 1965, the Mint removed silver from the dime and the composition became copper-nickel clad.

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Obverse (heads): Shows the left-facing bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt featured since 1946.
Reverse (tails): Displays a torch with an olive branch on the left and an oak branch on the right. The torch signifies liberty, the olive branch peace, and the oak branch represents strength and independence.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • Year

1916 Dime Barber

Reverse Inscriptions


Mint and Mint Mark


CompositionWeightDiameterThicknessEdgeNo. of Reeds
Balance Cu
2.268 g
17.91 mm
1.35 mmReeded118

Artist Information

  • Sculptor: John Sinnock