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SERIES: Barber Dimes 1892-1916
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1916-S 10C Barber (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
4871
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5,820,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$6,463 • PCGS MS67 • 8-10-2016 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 20,000 R-2.8 52 / 76 TIE 52 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 56 / 76 TIE 56 / 76 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 54 / 76 TIE 54 / 76 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:134, $4,112.50 - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:16171, not sold

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2007:734 - Heritage 5/2009:539 - Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3980, $2,350

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:134, $4,112.50 - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:16171, not sold

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2007:734 - Heritage 5/2009:539 - Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3980, $2,350

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Not since 1905 had the San Franciso Mint produced as many Barber Dimes as it did in 1916, then it followed up with over 10 million Mercury Dimes.  The 1916-S Barber Dime is popular as the last year of its type, yet it is common enough to be very affordable.  Consider this -- the mintage of the 1916-S Barber Dime is less than a third of that of the 1916 Barber Dime, yet it sells for the same price in most grades.  Sounds like a good value.

The 1916-S Barber Dime is plentiful in MS63 and MS64, then the population drops off in MS65 and MS66, eventually hitting a stopping point at MS67, where only a couple are known.  Some, high-grade examples have splotchy toning or negative eye appeal despite having nice surfaces,  Coins with good eye appeal should command a premium.