NGC 1901-O 10C BARBER DIME MS 64.
This near-Gem is highly lustrous and displays light steel-gray toning with pleasing gold-tan accents. Both sides are mark-free.
Historic Event: January 10, 1901 - The first major oil discovery in Texas occurs near Spindletop in Beaumont...March 2, 1901 - The Platt amendment is passed by the United States Congress, which limited the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for American troop withdrawal. Cuba would become a U.S. protectorate on June 12...May 1, 1901 - The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York with nineteen international participants. on 342 acres. It would close November 2, 1901 with a disappointing attendance of just over 5 million paid visitors, harmed by the tragedy of September 6...September 6, 1901 - President William H. McKinley is shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York while shaking hands with fair visitors, following his speech at the event on President's Day the day before. Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, an avowed anarchist, is arrested for the crime. September 14, 1901 - Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is inaugurated as President upon the death of William McKinley from gunshot wounds sustained the week earlier.
More Coin Facts:
Designer: Charles E. Barber
Diameter: 17.9 millimeters
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
Weight: 2.5 grams
Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) beneath the bow on the reverse
The denomination was first authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792. The dime is the smallest in diameter and is the thinnest of all U.S. coins currently minted for circulation.
The Barber dime is named for its designer, Charles E. Barber, who was Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1879 to 1917. The design was shared with the quarter and half-dollar of the same period.
The Barber dime, as with all previous dimes, featured an image of Liberty on the obverse. She is wearing a Phrygian cap, a laurel wreath with a ribbon, and a headband with the inscription "LIBERTY". This inscription is one of the key elements used in determining the condition of Barber dimes.Liberty's portrait was inspired by two sources,French coins and medals of the period, as well as ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. The obverse also contains the long-used 13 stars (for the 13 colonies) design element. The reverse contained a wreath and inscription almost identical to the one used on the final design of the Seated Liberty dime.
10c Barber Dimes 1892-1916:
Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Diameter: 17.90 mm
Rare Coin Note: The 1894-S Barber Dime. Only ten of this coin existing today (from the 24 originally minted in San Francisco), the 1894-S Barber Dime is considered one of the most famous rare coins and priced at $2,000,000.