1916 was the last year of the Barber Dime design. The mintage of 18,400,000 coins was large even by Barber Dime standards, but the Mint went on to produce more than 22 million examples of the new "Mercury" design -- later in the same year. Not surprsingly, the 1916 Barber Dime is a very common coin and it is an excellent value for the collector of type coins. Mint State examples are very plentiful; in fact, the 1916 Dime enjoys the second largest population of certified Barber Dimes (only the 1892 has a larger population). PCGS has certified hundreds of 1916 Dimes in Mint State, mostly in MS63 to MS65. Collectors can choose from more than four dozen certified MS66 examples. Only in MS67 does the 1916 Dime become truly rare.
Look for 1916 dimes that are well-struck and original in appearance. High-grade examples should be fully lustrous and either blast white or attractively toned.
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